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Modi leaves on a five-day visit to China, Myanmar

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New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left on a three-day visit to China to attend the BRICS Summit.

He hoped it would support the agenda for a stronger partnership among the member countries, amid strain in Sino- India ties over a host of issues.

The PM 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 on the second leg of his five-day tour.

In a statement yesterday, the prime minister said he was looking forward to productive discussions and positive outcomes at the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) Summit in Xiamen city, building upon the results of last year’s Goa Summit between him and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The visit comes days after India and China managed to end the 73-day-long Doklam standoff. From Xiamen, he will travel to Myanmar on August 5 before returning to the country on August 7.

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