PM Modi Holds Talks with Chinese Prez Jinping on the Sidelines of 11th BRICS Summit
| IOP Desk - 14 Nov 2019

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PM Modi also held bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit to discuss ways to enhance the bilateral strategic partnership.

By Onkareshwar Pandey

Brasilia, Brazil, November 14, 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday holds bilateral meeting with President of China, Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of #BRICS2019 Summit.

PM Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 11th Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) summit, a little more than a week after India pulled out of a mega trade deal mainly because of its huge trade deficit with China.

PM Modi & President Jinping noted that Special Representatives will have another meeting on matters relating to Boundry Question & reiterated the importance of maintaining peace & security in border areas. They also exchanged views on multilateral issues including WTO, BRICS & RCEP.

President Xi Jinping conveyed his deep appreciation to PM Narendra Modi for hosting him at the 2nd Informal Summit in Chennai. He invited PM for the 3rd informal summit in China in 2020, date & venue for which will be determined through diplomatic channels.

“PM @narendramodi met Chinese President Xi Jinping, for the second time in two months, on the margins of the #BRICS2019 Summit. The leaders had forward-looking discussions on various aspects of the multifaceted India-China relationship,” Raveesh Kumar, Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Tweeted.

Taking the #ChennaiConnect forward, Prime Minister Modi says, "When we met in Chennai, it gave our journey new energy." Modi said during a bilateral meeting with President of China, Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of #BRICS2019 Summit, in Brasilia, Brazil.

This meeting comes a month after the two leaders met at Mamallapuram near Chennai.

India and China are yet to publically announce dates for the first Hu-Sitharaman meeting that would also discuss India’s concerns on RCEP.

In Mamallapuram, the two leaders agreed to set up a ministerial group headed by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and China’s vice premier Hu Chunhua to discuss trade investment and services. India’s trade deficit with China stands at over $50 billion. New Delhi had been worried that signing onto the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) would mean opening the doors to more Chinese goods through third countries.

Prime Minister Modi also held bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit to discuss ways to enhance the bilateral strategic partnership.

During his meeting with President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin here, PM Modi discussed ways to further cement their special strategic partnership.

Modi said that "frequent meetings have strengthened our relations". PM Modi & President Putin reviewed the progress made in the bilateral relationship since PM's visit to Vladivostok. PM specifically mentioned the successful visits of our Minister of Defence, and Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas to Russia.

The two leaders are meeting over two months after holding extensive talks in Russia's far east Vladivostok city on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) during which they discussed ways to further cement the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries.

On September 5, Modi said the friendship between India and Russia was not restricted to governmental interactions in capital cities but was about people and close business relations.

India had announced an "unprecedented" USD 1 billion line of credit for Russia's resource-rich Far East with Modi vowing to support President Putin's "stupendous efforts" to develop the extremely harsh region.

India and Russia signed 15 agreements/MoUs in areas such as defence, air, and maritime connectivity, energy, natural gas, petroleum and trade in September.

PM Modi, who arrived in Brasilia on Wednesday on a two-day official visit to attend the annual session of 11th BRICS summit, a grouping of five major world economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, will also hold separate bilateral meeting with South Africa President.

This is the sixth time PM Modi is participating in the BRICS summit, his first being at Fortaleza, also in Brazil in 2014. This is also Prime Minister's second visit to Brazil and his first visit after the new administration led by president Bolsonaro assumed office on January 1, 2019.  

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro is expected to be the chief guest for the Republic day 2020; Formal invitation is expected to be handed over by PM Modi during his visit to Brazil.

The 11th BRICS summit is focusing on strengthening ties among the five countries in key areas such as digital economy, science, and technology, as well as in building mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation. The theme of this year's summit is 'Economic Growth for an Innovative Future'.

This year the joint working group on counter-terrorism has decided to constitute five sub-working groups on counterterrorism in the following areas: Terrorist financing, use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, countering radicalisation, issue of foreign terrorist fighters and capacity-building, the Ministry of External Affairs has said.

Taking to Twitter upon his arrival, Modi expressed hope that the summit will enhance cultural and economic linkages between member nations.

"Reached Brazil to take part in the BRICS Summit. Will also meet various world leaders during this visit. I am sure the BRICS Summit will enhance cultural and economic linkages between BRICS nations," Modi tweeted.

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