Gokhale said Xi referred to the growing popularity of Indian films and not only spoke about the success of the movie Dangal in China, but also mentioned that Baahubali 2 and other Hindi movies had done well in the country. In the meeting, the two leaders will take stock of the implementation of decisions taken at the informal summit just over a month ago in Wuhan.
"It is the first summit after India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members of this organisation", Zhou said adding, "I think the forthcoming summit will explore the opportunity of new membership of India and Pakistan to expand the scope and areas of cooperation, not only between China and Pakistan and India but between all members of the SCO". They also discussed the regional security situation and global issues.
President Xi Jinping accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to visit India for the next informal summit.
The SCO is a permanent intergovernmental worldwide organisation that focuses on strengthening mutual trust and neighbourliness among the member states and promoting their effective cooperation in politics, trade, the economy, research, technology and culture, and making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region.
The two leaders reviewed the full range of bilateral ties, especially ways to boost economic and cultural links between the two countries.
On the occasion, President Mamnoon said that Pakistan supported the Chinese chairmanship of SCO and appreciated the various initiatives proposed by China in the organization during the past year.
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The SCO meeting - which also features Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani - comes as the U.S. considers new sanctions on Iran, and immediately before U.S. President Donald Trump's scheduled meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that China will buy 6.4 million tonnes of rice in 2018, while India will export a total of 11.9 million tonnes.
The entry of India and Pakistan could pave the way for greater three-way cooperation between India, China and Pakistan, former Chinese Ambassador to India and Pakistan Zhou Gang, told India Today.
PM Modi is expected to hold about six bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries.
President Mamnoon congratulated President Xi Jinping on his re-election as President of People's Republic of China and General Secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC).
Further, the member-countries, including India, Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, are expected to sign the Qingdao Declaration.