Doval meets President Xi along with other BRICS NSAs

RSTV Bureau
Beijing: NSA of India Ajit Doval along with NSA of other BRICS nation call on Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Friday. PTI Photo

Beijing: NSA of India Ajit Doval along with NSA of other BRICS nation call on Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Friday. PTI Photo

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other top security officers of BRICS nations called on Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday.

The meeting comes amid a standoff between China and India in Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector.

After day-long deliberations over improving cooperation in a number of areas, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) NSAs met President Xi and interacted with him.

The BRICS NSAs meeting focussed on global governance, counter-terrorism, cyber security and energy security, international and regional hotspots, and national security and development.

Xi, in his address to the BRICS NSAs, praised them for building a mutual trust and cooperation among the member nations.

“Every minister has done a great job for improving our mutual trust and security cooperation. I sincerely thank for all your efforts,” said President Xi, who is heading the BRICS group this year .

“I think the meeting was carried out well. In order to promote the strategic mutual trust of the BRICS countries, security cooperation, all of you have made a lot of effort,” he added.

The BRICS cooperation has a history of 10 years and the five-member group of emerging countries has carried on meaningful cooperation despite geographical distance and different political systems establishing a new type of international relations, the Chinese president said.

While the starting point of BRICS cooperation is in the economic and financial field in its first decade, in view of the complex international political and economic security situation, the member countries should expand cooperation with more people-to-people contacts, cultural exchanges and coordinate on security issues, Xi said.

On Thursday China acknowledged that Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi met on the sidelines of the BRICS NSAs meet during which they discussed “major problems” in bilateral ties.

But, China made no mention of the standoff.

China continues to maintain that there will not be a meaningful dialogue without the unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam.

(With inputs from agencies)