Looking forward to 'productive' discussions at BRICS: Modi

Sep 03, 2017, 16:31
Looking forward to 'productive' discussions at BRICS: Modi

But Chinese foreign minister Wang denied suggestions the summit would be overshadowed by such bigger issues.

A major threat to BRICS comity lies in tension between nuclear-armed China and India, who recently locked horns over a disputed Himalayan border region.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will also meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

"India had raised it (terrorism) at the last BRICS Summit in Goa in October 2016 as well, and, I'm sure that the issue of terrorism will again figure at the summit between the leaders of the BRICS countries as well". The 9th BRICS summit will be held from September 3 to 5.

On the second leg of his five-day tour, Modi will travel to Myanmar for his first bilateral visit with an aim of charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between the two countries in areas which include security and counter- terrorism.

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"The world is paying great attention to the BRICS summit". When questioned what if Modi raises India's concerns over terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Hu said: "This is the time of recovery".

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

The BRICS leaders will also attend the opening ceremony of the BRICS Cultural Festival and Photo Exhibition, a meeting of the BRICS Business Council.

Ahead of the BRICS summit, the New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS countries has approved 1.4 billion USA dollar loans for sustainable development projects in India, Russia and China. The dialogue would be "reflective of trans-continentalism and bring together nations with a focus on the needs of the global south in the context of globalisation and future development".

From China, the Prime Minister will travel to Myanmar for a state visit from September 5 to 7 at the invitation of Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw.

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