- PM Modi had said India, China have shown "maturity" in managing issues
- "We highly appreciate such kind of positive remarks," said China
- Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a tense standoff last year
The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore is Asia's top conference on defence and strategic affairs.
PM Modi had said the two Asian neighbours have shown "maturity and wisdom" in managing issues and ensuring a peaceful border, adding cooperation between the world's two most populous countries was expanding.
Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a tense standoff last year when Indian troops entered the Doklam plateau to stop the Chinese military from building a new road, which New Delhi viewed as a serious security concern because of the access it provides to Beijing.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said welcomed PM Modi's comments. "We have noted the positive remarks made by Prime Minister Modi on China-India relations. We highly appreciate such kind of positive remarks," Hua said.
Hua iterated that the two leaders indeed had "in-depth exchange of views on the international landscape and bilateral relations and reached many consensus."
India and China have been treading cautiously on expanding their influence in Asia and beyond without bumping into each another. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC, however, passes through parts of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The $50 billion corridor that connects Kashgar in western China with Gwadar port in Pakistan, spanning 3,000 kilometres, is one of the pain points in ties between India and China. India has right from the start protested against China's CPEC push.