PM Modi reaches China to attend BRICS Summit

Sep 03, 2017, 16:38
PM Modi reaches China to attend BRICS Summit

Modi understood China's vulnerability and sensitivity as the host and kept his participation in the Xiamen summit in abeyance until the Doklam deal was hashed out.

This year, the BRICS countries have held the Meeting of High Representatives for Security Issues and the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Relations.

Earlier, China has raised concerns about India raising the issue of terrorism at the BRICS Summit.

The prime minister said he will have the opportunity to meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the BRICS meet. Myanmar has been an important partner in India's Act East policy and is also a partner of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).

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Leaders will meet with the Brics Business Council, officials from the New Development Bank as well as review economic developments and projects.

"China is willing to work with Pakistan and other countries to enhance our cooperation in counterterrorism".

Modi said he was looking forward to paying a visit to the famed heritage city of Bagan, where the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has done a "stellar work" in renovating the Ananda Temple. "The trend toward peace and development has developed ever stronger", Xi said at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum that aims to bring business communities of the five nations closer together.

China prefers bilateral instruments to tackle territorial rows and contests because it enjoys a huge conventional military superiority over any single rival, be it India, Vietnam, the Philippines or Japan.

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The heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will gather in the city of Xiamen through Tuesday, giving China as host its latest chance to position itself as a bulwark of globalisation in the face of USA president Donald Trump's "America First" agenda. Later, the prime minister will visit Myanmar to boost bilateral ties from 5th to 7th September.

Coincidentally, Myanmar was also the first country that Modi had visited after carrying out his first reshuffle.

PM Modi carried out the first cabinet reshuffle on November 9, 2014 and two days later on November 11, he left on a 10-day tour of Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.

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