Xi hopes China will ‘open new chapter’ in relations with India as talks with Modi start

Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that he hopes their meeting will open a new chapter for bilateral ties, state media reported. Modi arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan earlier in the day for an ice-breaking informal meeting with Xi after months of tension between the two giant neighbors, Reuters said. Beijing also welcomed on Friday a joint statement by North and South Korea after their leaders pledged to work for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and declare an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War.