PM Narendra Modi in China to attend BRICS summit

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The 9th BRICS summit is being held in China beginning from Monday, 4 Sep. The leaders of the five countries including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will be attending the summit.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the third leader to reach the venue and was warmly greeted by the Chinese President Xi Jinping. This is the first meet between the two leaders after India and China resolved the Dokhlam border dispute by withdrawing their armies after almost two months of standoff between them.

Ahead of the summit the host President Xi Jinping, formally welcomed PM Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Michael Taymer and South African President Jacob Zuma.

All member of BRICS including India has strongly opposed North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test and this is likely to be the hot topic of discussion during the summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reached on Sunday to attend the conference and it is possible that Modi might bring up the issue of terrorism. Meanwhile, China before the summit had already indicated that terrorism sponsored by Pakistan should not be discussed during the summit, as it will not be an appropriate time and place to discuss the matter. It is being told that in this summit, India will go ahead with the issue of Goa Summit. At the same time, PM Modi will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and both the leaders are likely to hold a bilateral meeting regarding to enhance the relationships between the two nations.

Inaugurating the BRICS summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that BRICS countries should maintain diplomatic values in solving the vivid issues. Xi during his address though not directly mentioning the recent Dokhlam standoff with India said that any issue should be solved keeping n mind the objective of peace and development as the world does not want any conflicts and confrontations. He said that the BRICS countries should duly fulfill their responsibilities to maintain global peace and stability.

Tomorrow, on Sep 5, a private meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping is also scheduled. Before meeting with Modi, Chinese President showing positive signs have said that BRICS countries must maintain global peace and stability based on shared and strong security. Meanwhile, Modi has expressed that during the BRICS summit he will have the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of other nations also apart from Russia and China.
Prime Minister Modi said, “India values the role of BRICS, which has started its second decade of partnership for progress and peace. BRICS has an important role in tackling global challenges, maintaining peace and security in the world, he added. Modi also informed that on Sep 5, he will also attend the BRICS Emerging Market and Developing Country Dialogue, which will be hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Indian Prime Minister also conveyed that he is eager to talk to leaders of nine other countries, including partners of BRICS and added that he will also be attending meetings with the BRICS Business Council.