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'India, China to jointly identify project in capacity building in Afghanistan'

Press Trust of India  |  Qingdao (China) 

and today agreed that they will jointly move forward in identifying a specific project in the area of capacity building in Afghanistan, Vijay said here today, a move that could upset

During the informal summit between and Chinese in in April, the two leaders had agreed to undertake a joint India-economic project in

Modi today had detailed discussions with Xi on bilateral and global issues on the sidelines of the (SCO) summit here.

said that on there was a brief discussion on the projects.

One of the outcomes of today's meeting between Modi and Xi is that and have agreed that they will move forward in identifying a specific project initially in the area of capacity building, he said.

"But it would be a joint project in so we now have to begin the process of identifying it," said.

This will be a first such project in the war-torn country where China, while trying to expand its influence, has tacitly backed Pakistan, which has been accused by Afghanistan and the US of backing the and its most violent attacks in the country destabilising any attempts to restore peace.

China for the first time held a trilateral meeting with the foreign ministers of and Afghanistan in December last year in to narrow down the differences between the two countries.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 21:40 IST