Xi Jinping praises NSAs, Ajit Doval says vital issues were discussed

Possibility of visits by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and senior officials, including Joint Secretary (East Asia) Pranay Verma, to engage with Chinese interlocutors is being explored, sources said.

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Apurva | New Delhi/beijing | Updated: July 29, 2017 5:01 am
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On the day Chinese President Xi Jinping praised National Security Advisors of BRICS countries for their efforts in enhancing mutual trust and cooperation, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said “vital” issues discussed at the meeting of the NSAs and its outcome will have an “impact” on the main summit in September. This exchange took place amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam at the trijunction with Bhutan. While there was no official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs on Doval’s bilateral meeting with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi that took place Thursday, some high-level contacts and official meetings are expected over the next few weeks.

“There was some recognition in the bilateral conversation about the need for more engagement before the BRICS summit in Xiamen early September, and there are likely to be some high-level official visits next month as part of efforts to defuse the situation,” a top source told The Indian Express, without going into details of the meeting between Doval and Yang.

Possibility of visits by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and senior officials, including Joint Secretary (East Asia) Pranay Verma, to engage with Chinese interlocutors is being explored, sources said. The two sides, sources said, have indicated to each other that the current standoff will not be allowed to cast a shadow on the BRICS preparatory meetings — Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia was in Hangzhou from July 25 to 27 for a meeting of BRICS tax officials.

The Indian side has confirmed to Chinese interlocutors that Modi is likely to visit Xiamen, on the south-east coast of China and across the strait from Taiwan, for the summit planned from September 3 to 5. Speaking at the 7th BRICS NSAs’ meeting, Doval said, “It is great we are discussing vital issues that will have an impact on the next summit meeting.” He said the bloc of five countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — needs to show leadership in countering terrorism. “The outcome of the meeting today will contribute to the forthcoming BRICS summit meetings to be held in Xiamen in September,” he said.

After day-long deliberations over improving cooperation in a number of areas, the BRICS NSAs met Xi and interacted with him. The Chinese President told the NSAs, “Every minister has done a great job for improving our mutual trust and security cooperation. I sincerely thank you for all your efforts. 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.”

Xi advocated increasing BRICS cooperation which, he said, not only protected and expanded interests of the countries involved, but also helped build new international relations. “In the face of complex international political, economic and security situations, and considering the requirements of people in BRICS countries, exchanges in economic and financial cooperation, culture and communication all have to move forward,” he said.

Xi said BRICS cooperation had broken down boundaries of distance, overcome differences of BRICS countries’ development path and social institutions, and showcased their shared aspiration for stability, development and better livelihoods. “As long as we follow the BRICS spirit of openness, inclusiveness, cooperation and win-win results, and work together to build closer BRICS partnership, we will surely have the second golden ten years for BRICS cooperation,” he said.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, said: “The foreign representatives said that BRICS countries should cement unity and cooperation to cope with common challenges in economy and security areas such as anti-globalisation and terrorism, and to increase the influence of BRICS in global affairs.”

Earlier in the day, Yang chaired the seventh meeting of the BRICS security summit where he called on BRICS countries to “forge shared interests and a shared future, and enhance strategic mutual trust and practical cooperation”.

“BRICS countries should strengthen their collaboration and coordination on major global and regional issues to provide wisdom and efforts of BRICS for resolving the issues,” he said.

According to the MFA, BRICS representatives exchanged views on global governance, anti-terrorism, the Internet, energy security, major global and regional hot issues, as well as national security and development. “They also agreed on closer coordination and exchanges to advance the security and development of BRICS countries,” the MFA said.

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    Damodar Biswal
    Jul 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    It seems both sides r firm in their stand n there is less possibility of the problem getting sorted out soon.
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      A. M.
      Jul 29, 2017 at 11:35 am
      Feku has sent doval to kiss the feet of Chinese premier, so that the Chinese army forgives him and do not humiliate feku in front of his low iq bhakts, with the condition that feku will kiss the a.r.se of Chinese premier in secret.
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        L bhadrapati Devi
        Jul 29, 2017 at 11:55 am
        You may be wrong. China appeasing India for materializing OBOR. Without India China can't grow.
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          Hemant ;
          Jul 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm
          AM You have mistaken. Do not tell Us what Nehru was doing when he was PM.
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          Bharat
          Jul 29, 2017 at 11:25 am
          Both sides are buying time and are ambitious ... Signs of a undercover silent mental chess games between the two nations ... Brics will have no relevance as NATO will weaken ... We will see a completely different psy ops between 4 to 5 nations ... Turkey Vs NATO with the Russian threat in the cloud. Polland Finland UK and other Scandinavian countries moving out of EU .... So Germany isolation and UK breaking up in Scotland and Ireland taking over the local economy ... Mon a and Taiwan uniting with South Korea and Vietnam , Burma combine to form a economic blockade .... North Korea will perish under food crisis and the Pak economy will crash to a level of NWFP and Baloch breaking away along with Sindh .... There is going to be a situation of civil war everywhere including India with religious and Maoist internal strife .... Economy third world war will drive starvation based deaths and mass migration similar to the experiment planned in Syria.
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            L bhadrapati Devi
            Jul 29, 2017 at 11:53 am
            For every crisis there is resolution. The difference over two nations can be cemented by BRICS unity. Economic block under BRICS will address all political and strategic difference of parti ting countries. This economic block need to bring the world from deep economic depression to a new economic recovery. Recent heavy investment of China in India in manufacturing sector may be step for economic unity of India and China. Even China proposed for port and other infrastructure development in India.
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            L bhadrapati Devi
            Jul 29, 2017 at 10:46 am
            Chinese leadership know the futility of border dispute between India and China. China need to earn goodwill of India to materialize OBOR initiative for global economic recovery even though China has deep pocket. Regain of trust after shocking war of 1962 war of two brothers over boundary must not be wasted in the current standoff. Question of Chinese sovereignty over Tibet and Taiwan is unquestionable in an era of unitary world. Forget and forgive of the past make for better tomorrow.
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              amar singh
              Jul 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm
              Facts: Chinese have 3000 in their account but payments of 6000 are due. Taiwan Tibet are not settled. What were the gains for Chinese in 1962 vis a vis India ? Ultimately Small territorial gains but physiological gains of myth of superiority of PLA was lost in 1967 at Nathu la.
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              Nabarun
              Jul 29, 2017 at 8:47 am
              Good. Businessmen don't fight. They should know management.
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                secure
                Jul 29, 2017 at 7:40 am
                Itbis rumoured that Ajit Doval in respect and as per Hindu system touches the feet of Chinese Presodent.
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                  Somanjan Deo
                  Jul 29, 2017 at 7:51 am
                  Interesting to note that Chinese are learning English now but poor level of iq still bugs them
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                    Damodar Biswal
                    Jul 29, 2017 at 12:31 pm
                    R u a mental case?In India rumour mongers r not treated fairly.Pl.stop using the word rumour.
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                    Doklam Donglong
                    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:11 am
                    Kulbushan Jadhav was sent by RAW to sabotage and commit terrorist activity sgainst China Pak Economic Corridor and plant mines at Gawdar port, bomb schools and markets in Pak. This is an act of war against China.
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                      secure
                      Jul 29, 2017 at 7:45 am
                      Then he should be Executed as soon as possible in front of public for the crime of terrorist activitoes.
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                        Somanjan Deo
                        Jul 29, 2017 at 7:52 am
                        Whatever
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                          Damodar Biswal
                          Jul 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                          Kulbhusan's case should be tried in a civil court if u feel that pakistan has a case against him.Why military court?Shows the kind of truth u r speaking n Pakistan is telling the world.
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                          Gurkha Regiment
                          Jul 29, 2017 at 7:08 am
                          Ajit Doval must be tired after kissing all the chinese as ses.
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                            secure
                            Jul 29, 2017 at 7:42 am
                            INDIAN PIGS CAN DO ANY THING FOR THE MONEY. THE CAN CHANGE INSTANTLY THEOR gods.
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                              Somanjan Deo
                              Jul 29, 2017 at 7:56 am
                              Some of the same pigs are now citizens of a country called Pakistan.
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                                sambath
                                Jul 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm
                                Are you Porkistan Pig? Go and beg for your living with China. Stupid, no guts to write down your name, coward
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                                Somanjan Deo
                                Jul 29, 2017 at 7:54 am
                                Cant say about doval but Chinese now are frustrated lot.
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