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Modi, Chinese Premier hold brief interaction in Manila

Press Trust of India  |  Manila 

Prime Minister Modi today held a brief interaction with Chinese Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the East Summit here.

Both Modi and Li had chit-chat on Sunday also during a gala dinner hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Two neighbours in deep conversation. PM @narendramodi with Chinese Li Keqiang on the margins of #EastAsiaSummit Summit in #Manila," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a photograph of the two leaders engaging in a conversation while sitting on a sofa.

It was not immediately known what transpired in the meeting.

Ties between and have been strained in the last few months over a series of contentious issues including the over two month-long standoff between armies of the two countries in Dokalam in the sector and Beijing's strident opposition to move to declare Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.

In an address at the ASEAN-summit, Li said his country was committed to strengthen ties with the 10-member grouping amid mounting concerns by several countries of the bloc over growing Chinese assertiveness in the South Sea.

Modi, in his address at the East Summit, conveyed India's total support and commitment to work with the East Summit, an influential bloc, to address political, security and trade related issues in the region.

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 16:07 IST