BRICS leaders want to deepen political, security cooperation, says Xi Jinping

"PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold (a) bilateral meeting at 12:30pm (10am IST) tomorrow in Xiamen", MEA officials told PTI.

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.

"It is natural that between large powers there would be areas of difference and it should be handled with mutual respect".

BRICS countries have actively carried out cooperation among their legislatures, political parties, young people, think tanks and local regions, Xi added.

They felt that peace and tranquillity in the border areas is a pre-requisite for ties to move forward, Jaishankar said.

Progress was made during the BRICS summit on an issue relating to a major point of discord between the two - China's ally and India's archrival, Pakistan.

"Some countries have become more inward-looking and less willing to take part in worldwide cooperation, and the spillovers of their policy adjustments are deepening", he said during a summit of BRICS nations, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In his initial remarks during the meeting, Modi congratulated Xi on a "very successful" BRICS Summit, saying the conference had been a success in making the grouping more relevant in a fast-changing world.

The five BRICS countries also pledged their opposition to protectionism, a theme pushed by Chinese President Xi Jinping given rising antiglobalization sentiment in the West that threatens China's access to export markets. "We have developed cooperation road maps such as trade facilitation, trade in services, currency swap, local currency settlement and public and private partnership", he said. There would be regular exchanges and meetings between their foreign ministers and United Nations representatives, he said.

The summit adopted the "Xiamen Declaration", which strongly denounces terror activities carried out by the Taliban, ISIS, al-Qaeda and its affiliates, prominently the JeM and LeT, and resolves to collectively prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms. While India had officially said that border troops from both sides had "dis-engaged", China had publicly announced that Indian troops had backed away.

  • Rogelio Becker