PM Modi’s departure statement said he looked forward to holding bilateral meetings with some of the leaders present in Johannesburg and holding talks with several guest countries that have been invited to participate in the event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for South Africa to attend the BRICS summit. Sources say there is a possibility of a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Ahead of the summit, PM Modi’s departure statement said that he looked forward to holding bilateral meetings with some of the leaders present in Johannesburg and holding talks with several guest countries that have been invited to participate in the event.
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1.) The Prime Minister will join leaders of Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa in Johannesburg. This will be the first in-person BRICS summit after 2019. In the last three years, the meetings were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2.) Asked about the possibility of a meeting between PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said yesterday that their schedule is still being developed. Kwatra said that when it comes to BRICS expansion, our intention is positive.
3.) As the Prime Minister left for the BRICS summit this morning, he said it would provide a useful opportunity for its members to identify future areas of cooperation. He said that we believe that BRICS has become a platform to discuss and deliberate on issues of concern to the entire Global South.
4.) Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff for over three years at some friction points in eastern Ladakh, while both sides have completed disengagement at several locations after extensive diplomatic and military talks.
5.) A fresh round of high-level talks between the two countries earlier this month focused on resolving the outstanding issues. A joint statement described the talks as positive, constructive and in-depth.
6.) Last month, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met top Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the BRICS countries meeting in Johannesburg. Shri Doval stressed the importance of sustained efforts to completely resolve the situation and restore peace in the border areas.
7.) In June 2020, India-China relations deteriorated after a fierce clash in the Galwan Valley, which was the most serious military conflict between the two countries in decades.
8.) After a series of military and diplomatic talks, both sides completed the process of withdrawal of troops in the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra region in 2021. India says that until there is peace in the border areas, its relations with China cannot be normal.
9.) With economies at different levels of development, representing 40% of the world’s population across three continents, the BRICS share a common desire for a global order that better reflects their interests and growing clout lets see.
10.) If a bilateral meeting takes place between PM Modi and Xi Jinping, it would be their first since the India-China border standoff began in May 2020. The two leaders had met briefly in November last year at the G20 dinner hosted by Indonesian President Joko.