BRICS States Name Pakistan-Based Groups As Security Concern In Unprecedented Move

Kristopher Drake
September 5, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are now meeting in Xiamen - their first bilateral meeting since the standoff in Doklam, Sikkim. The sense is that both countries want to "move on" after the standoff.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak is now attending the ongoing BRICS summit in China as part of the country's delegation led by President Vladimir Putin.

Defence Expert Qamar Agah lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for managing to bring the issue of terrorism in the main agenda of the BRICS summit.

The Indian and Chinese troops, recently, ended a tense stand-off along the Doklam border that began in June and which seriously affected their bilateral ties.

Pressed on how the Doklam dispute was discussed, Jaishankar said, "Both of us know what happened".

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday hailed the Belt and Road project at a BRICS forum in Xiamen (China), saying that the initiative has received a good response. "India and China are world's two largest economies in the world". Xi opened the annual summit of BRICS leaders that already has been upstaged by North Korea's latest nuclear weapons provocation. In his address, PM Modi said that a coordinated action and cooperation is needed to deal with terrorism.

"China and South Africa have maintained close communication and cooperation within the BRICS framework, and China will work closely with South Africa which will hold the presidency of the bloc next year", President Xi said.

"We, the BRICS leaders believe that it is in our common interest to deepen political and security cooperation and enhance mutual political trust", the Chinese president said.

He said that programs like Digital India, Start-up India and Make in India were changing the country's economic landscape. "Overall, the readout I will give you is really sort of forward-looking, constructive", he told the media.

"We hope India can view China's development in a correct and rational way". He will also interact with the Indian community in the country.

The summit adopted the BRICS Leaders Xiamen Declaration which reaffirmed the BRICS spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, and mapped out a new blueprint for strengthening the BRICS partnership and deepening practical cooperation in various areas, Xi said.

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