BRICS summit kicks off; Modi-Xi Jinping handshake at BRICS


Xiamen: The ninth summit of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – kicked off on Monday morning in the seaside Chinese city of Xiamen, as the five emerging nations look to send a strong message on protectionism and globalisation at a time of global uncertainty.

On Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed the four leaders at the sprawling convention centre in Xiamen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with President Xi Jinping, at a time when both countries are looking to turn the page from the 73-day-long stand-off at Doklam.

India will also emphasise its concerns on global terrorism, which will be reflected in the Prime Minister’s interventions as well as in the final Xiamen declaration.

PM Modi is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Xi Jinping on Tuesday.

PM Modi and President Xi Jinping had met informally at the G20 summit in Germany in July, but their last bilateral talks were in June this year, when they met in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

China is holding the BRICS summit for the second time.

After the BRICS Summit, PM Modi will travel to Myanmar on a bilateral visit on Tuesday. The trip includes a visit to the historic city of Bagan and Yangon. He will also interact with the Indian community in the country.

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