“Congratulations to President Xi on getting re-elected as CPC General Secretary. Look forward to further promote India-China ties together,” Modi said in his message.
They had met days after the resolution of a military standoff between the border troops of the two countries in the Donglang region bordering Sikkim after more than 70 days.
The meeting of the two leaders was preceded by several weeks of belligerent rhetoric from the Chinese government which alleged that Indian troops had “illegally trespassed” into Chinese territory in Donglang area, which is under Beijing’s control but claimed by Bhutan.
Besides Modi, several world leaders have congratulated Xi after he consolidated his powers and took over as the CPC general secretary for the next five years. Xi also hasn’t indicated any clear successor when his term gets over in 2022.
US President Donald Trump congratulated Xi on his “extraordinary elevation” over phone hours after the Chinese leader unveiled the country’s new top leadership.
Spoke to President Xi of China to congratulate him on his extraordinary elevation. Also discussed NoKo & trade, two very important subjects!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2017