Democracy is mentioned half-a-dozen times in the declaration, which, Indian government interlocutors feel, is noteworthy, since at least two member-countries in the grouping are socialist and non-democratic countries.
The Kluchevskoye Gold Mining Project, initiated by India's SUN Gold Ltd, is being seen as the first-ever industrial public-private partnership investment project to be undertaken by partners from all BRICS member-states.
The latest declaration was issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met all BRICS leaders, and was in the process of meeting at least three of them separately. Sources, however, told The Indian Express that once a formulation has found a mention in a declaration, “it is already a part of record”.
PM Modi took to Twitter after the talks: “Met President Xi Jinping. We held fruitful talks on bilateral relations between India and China.” Xi Jinping told Modi that China was prepared to work with India on the five principles of Panchsheel
PM Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Xi Jinping today. This is be the first time the two leaders met after India, China resolved the Doklam standoff. The BRICS Summit 2017 has ended and the Prime Minister has now left for Myanmar.
Speaking at length about the initiative, which is widely seen as an attempt by Beijing to firm up its influence with a vast network of roads, rails and port infrastructure, Xi said China will also provide "40,000 training opportunities" for the developing countries in China in the coming years.
One of the key elements in this strategy, sources said, was the fact that the US under President Donald Trump was seen to be ceding space in global governance, and New Delhi gauged that the Chinese would be keen to capture that leadership space at the global stage.
The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit, 2017, is currently on at Xiamen, China with leaders from across the world having come to the city to participate. Terrorism, trade, tourism, culture and ocean cooperation were discussed, among other topics. The Summit will conclude on September 5.