BRICS Summit in Xiamen Raises Hopes

Lucy Bush
September 3, 2017

The "BRICS card" came in handy for India to moderate China's initially adamant and belligerent stance that threatened "annihilation" of the Indian Army.

In his Facebook post, the Prime Minister said:"India had the privilege of hosting the previous Summit in Goa in October past year".

Modi said he will also meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the summit.

"Maybe some countries are not interested (in the summit), but that doesn't matter", Wang told reporters in Beijing last week, "BRICS cooperation will continue to move forward".

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It may be a coincidence, but on similar two occasions, Prime Minister Modi had left on foreign trips after effecting changes in his council of ministers.

China has also said that it is routine to arrange bilateral meetings during multilateral conferences and will make proper arrangements when the time is right.

Modi said he was looking forward to paying a visit to the famed heritage city of Bagan, where the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has done a "stellar work" in renovating the Ananda Temple. China also understands the significance of PM's Visit therefore just before the visit, it has reiterated that there is great scope for cooperation between both countries.

Modi will arrive in Xiamen in China's southeastern Fujian province, the venue for the 9th BRICS Summit, Sunday evening.

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The NDB Board of Directors approved four infrastructure and sustainable development projects in China, India and Russian Federation on Wednesday, with loans aggregating over US$1.4 billion. "The trend toward peace and development has developed ever stronger", Xi said at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum that aims to bring business communities of the five nations closer together.

The prime minister will meet President U Htin Kyaw and hold talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

"I will end my visit in Yangon, where I look forward to visiting various historical spots that symbolise the shared heritage of India and Myanmar".

Modi had visited Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw in November 2014 to attend the ASEAN summit. Agreements in various sectors such as maritime security, health, capacity building and enhancing cultural cooperation are likely to be signed.

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