Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at China’s Xiamen on Sunday to attend the 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. Modi is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the side-lines of the three day event. Their meeting will be keenly watched after the resolution of the Doklam border row, which pitted the armies of the two countries against each other for over two months.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on Sunday evening in the picturesque Chinese coastal city of Xiamen, Chinese officials said they hoped his bilateral meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping would open a new chapter in ties.
According to the PMO, India, which had hosted the previous BRICS Summit in Goa in October last year, looks forward to build upon the results and outcomes of that meet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said ahead of the 9th summit that, ‘he look forward to productive discussions and positive outcomes that will support the agenda of a stronger BRICS partnership under the chairmanship of China.’
During the three day visit, the PM will interact with the BRICS Business Council represented by captains of industry from all five countries. In addition, he will be engaging with leaders of nine other countries, including BRICS partners, in an Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue, hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 5.
Modi is expected to raise topics of global challenges like terrorism and economic cooperation will also be addressed at the summit.
BRICS, the association of five major emerging national economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC” (or the BRICs), before the induction of South Africa in 2010. The BRICS members are all leading developing or newly industrialized countries, but they are distinguished by their large, sometimes fast growing economies and significant influence on regional affairs.
The ministry of external affairs on Friday said that a possible meeting between Modi and Jinping cannot be ruled out as it is a common practice to arrange bilateral meetings on the side-lines of such multilaterals, as per sources.
According to External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, four documents are expected to be signed at the summit BRICS action agenda for economic and trade development, BRICS action agenda on innovative development, strategic framework for BRICS custom cooperation and MOU between BRICS business council and New Development Bank.
The leaders will participate in the plenary during which they will explore ways to enhance cooperation within the members of the grouping in key areas. They will also deliberate on international issues of significance, including global economy and challenges. The Summit will end with the adoption of a Xiamen declaration, which will capture the essence of the deliberations and future road map.
China is holding the BRICS summit for the second time. It has invited Egypt, Kenya, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand as guest countries for the summit. It has however, clarified that the invitation is not an attempt to expand the group under its “BRICS Plus” approach.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed this morning by Chinese President Xi Jinping with a handshake at the International Conference Centre in China’s Xiamen. The Chinese leader greeted the leaders of the five BRICS countries a group of the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the ninth edition of the BRICS Summit in the port city. The crucial meeting comes a week after India and China announced resolution of the 73-day-long Doklam standoff.
After the BRICs Summit, Modi will be heading for Myanmar on September 5 for a three-day visit. There the two countries will focus on exploring new areas of cooperation.