Look forward to positive outcomes at BRICS: PM

Raj Kamal Rao

Days after the two countries ended their 73-day standoff in the Dokalam area, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Xiamen in China on Sunday for the BRICS Summit, where he is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“I will visit Xiamen, China for the 9th BRICS Summit from 3-5 September 2017,” PM said.

Astana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on Friday. PTI Photo

Astana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan on Friday. PTI Photo

Prime Minister said that India had the privilege of hosting the previous Summit in Goa in October last year and he is looking forward to building upon the results and outcomes of the Goa Summit.

“I also look forward to productive discussions and positive outcomes that will support the agenda of a stronger BRICS partnership under the chairmanship of China,” PM Modi said on his Social Media post.

During the summit Prime Minister is expected to interact with the BRICS Business Council represented by captains of industry from all five countries.

Engagement with leaders of nine other countries, including BRICS partners, in an Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue, hosted by President Xi Jinping on 5 September is also on the cards.

Prime Minister said that India attaches high importance to the role of BRICS that has begun the second decade of its partnership for progress and peace.

“BRICS has important contributions to make in addressing global challenges and upholding world peace and security,” Modi said.

The three-day summit in Xiamen, a southeastern Chinese city in Fujian province, will begin on Sunday even as authorities declared a high alert with Typhoon Mawar expected to hit the coastal region.

The summit will be the first gathering when the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet after New Delhi and Beijing decided on “expeditious disengagement” of their border troops in the disputed Dokalam area on August 28.

The BRICS nations are key players in the world economy and in global governance. Together, the five accounted for 23 per cent of the 2016 global economy, almost double their share in 2006. They contributed more than half of world economic growth in the past 10 years, becoming the strongest engines of the global economy.

BRICS countries account for 44 per cent of world population and have abundant natural and human resources.