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Modi-Xi summit key to bringing India and China closer

Our readers have their say about the Mamallapuram meeting, Abiy Ahmed's Nobel Peace Prize win and education

China's President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in Mamallapuram. Reuters
China's President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in Mamallapuram. Reuters

I write to you in reference to your article India and China seek ‘new era’ in ties after leaders meet (October 12): how India and China manage their relations with each other is of vital significance to peace, stability and prosperity for Asia and the world. This is why informal summits like the one being held between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the southern Indian town of Mamallapuram is important. These informal summits do not necessarily put pressure on either government to produce outcomes in the form of agreements or deals, but they do provide an opportunity for leaders to hold frank discussions with each other.

Keeping in mind China’s close relationship with Pakistan, Mr Modi will use the ongoing summit to improve bilateral trade and impress upon Mr Xi the importance of tackling terrorism. Since coming to power in 2014, Mr Modi has focused on diplomacy with all nations, including China, which can only be good for India. I am sure both leaders will come away from Mamallapuram filled with optimism.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Abiy Ahmed deserves the Nobel prize for his noble fight for peace

I write to you in reference to your editorial Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Peace Prize celebrates a remarkable turnaround for Ethiopia (October 12): saving a nation from futile wars and proceeding towards peace and stability is indeed a noble act. Prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been recognised in the international arena for good reason. Peace is a rare commodity in these days of worthless hostilities and anyone who can achieve it can rightly be described as noble.

Nazim Hasan Khan, India

Avoid lending money to anybody that will set you back financially

I write to you in reference to Keren Bobker’s article ‘I lent money to a friend who never repaid me. What can I do?’ (October 12): first of all, do not lend money to anyone. And if you absolutely have to, then make sure the amount you lend is not large enough to set you back financially. Otherwise you will lose both your money and a friend.

Samuel Parker, Toronto

Updated: October 13, 2019 06:18 PM

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