Modi must utilize BRICS summit to resolve border disputes

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping during the BRICS summit at Xiamen from September 3to 4 but there are less chances of having a bilateral meet between the two leaders.

This can be judged as Modi said that he will discuss security, counter terrorism, trade and investment , skill development, infrastructure and energy but again Beijing has already warned that counter terrorism related to Pakistan will not be discussed.

As the BRICS bloc has already proved its efficiency in becoming a channel for resolving  bilateral and intra-BRICS political and now it will be seen how this grouping will address regional and global issues.

When countries like China do not take into account the territorial and soverignty issues of other countries then how the international community can rely on this group for resolving the regional issues of Korean Peninsula  and Global issues like in Middle East.

For nearly 71 days  Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a tense military standoff in the Doklam area on the Sikkim sector of the India-China border.Both the countries agreed to disengage their troops on August 28 so as to calm down the tensions during the BRICS summit.
China has accused Indian troops of trespassing into their territory and there is still possibility that China will take revenge during the time they can conveniently dislodge the Indian troops.
As and when the conflict escalates  between India  and CHIna, New Delhi may have to suffer greater losses in terms of forces.

Prime Minister Modi will visit Myanmar on 5-7 September. He had visited Myanmar earlier in 2014 for the  ASEAN-India Summit, but this will be his first bilateral visit.

In a  Facebook post, the Prime Minister said, “I am looking forward to meeting  President U Htin Kyaw as also Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of President’s Office. I have had the opportunity for discussions with both dignitaries during their visits to India in 2016.”

The post further added: “We will also look at strengthening our existing cooperation on security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture.”

The Prime Minister further said that during his visit he will review developments in  India-Myanmar  bilateral relations and explore new areas in which both the nations can work together.

He further said that he will also review the extensive programme of development cooperation and socio-economic assistance that India is undertaking in Myanmar.
It will be Modi’s third visit to China as prime minister since he came to power in 2014. His last three-day visit was in May 2015.During 2007 global financial crisis,  hit developed economies hard and the emerging countries of China, Brazil and India felt they need a bigger voice in global governance.

Meanwhile ,The five countries have also agreed to set up a US$100 billion foreign exchange reserve pool with US$41 billion provided by China, a mechanism that could potentially take over some of the market support functions.


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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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