Amid an ongoing standoff between India and China in the Sikkim sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised full cooperation to Chinese President Xi Jinping for the forthcoming BRICS summit in China. At the informal meeting of the BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Germany’s Hamburg, the Prime Minister called upon BRICS leaders to show leadership in fighting terrorism and boosting global economy. He also urged the G20 nations to launch a collective crackdown on terror financing, safe havens, “support and sponsors” of terrorism.
The Ministry of External Affairs said China reciprocated positively as Xi appreciated India’s strong resolve against the menace of terrorism and success on economic growth. Referring to the reforms carried out by his government, including the GST implementation, Modi emphasised the need to work together for sustained global economic recovery. “BRICS has been a strong voice and needs to show leadership on terrorism and global economy,” he said. The BRICS is a five nation bloc comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. MEA also said PM Modi and Xi shook hands at BRICS informal meeting in Hamburg and discussed a range of issues.
The latest development comes a day after a Chinese official said the “atmosphere” was “not right” for a bilateral meeting between Modi and Xi on the sidelines of the G20 summit. China and India have been at loggerheads over the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. China claims Dokalam as part of its Donglang region.
In the wake of standoff between the countries’ armies, China had strongly urged India to pull back its troops to avoid the situation from getting worse and lead to “some serious consequences”.
Modi also called for expediting efforts to establish BRICS rating agency and advocated a collective voice against the practice of protectionism, especially in the spheres of trade and movement of knowledge and professionals. With an aim to strengthen global governance architecture, BRICS nations had agreed to establish an independent credit rating agency based on market-oriented principles last year.
The G20, which include India and China, accounts for 80 per cent of the global economic output.
With inputs from PTI