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PM Modi, Xi Jinping display bonhomie at BRICS meet in Xiamen

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a bilateral meeting tomorrow after New Delhi and Beijing decided on ‘expeditious disengagement’ of their border troops in disputed area of Doklam.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2017 10:41 IST
Press Trust of India, Xiamen (China)
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Chinese President Xi Jinping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen, China, on September 4. (Reuters Photo)

The BRICS Summit began in Xiamen in China on Monday, with a group photograph of leaders of the five countries and was preceded by a handshake between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who received the leaders of Brazil, Russia and South Africa ahead of the meeting.

Modi was the third leader to reach the convention centre, venue of the 9th BRICS Summit in this port city of China and was followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Modi is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Xi on Tuesday.

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 Doklam area on August 28 after over a two month standoff between them.

The leaders will participate in the plenary during which they will explore ways to enhance cooperation within the members of the grouping in key areas. They will also deliberate on international issues of significance, including global economy and challenges.

The Summit will end with the adoption of a Xiamen declaration, which will capture the essence of the deliberations and future road map.

First Published: Sep 04, 2017 09:33 IST