Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS

China on Saturday made it clear that it would object to any discussion about Pakistan's alleged role in sheltering terrorists during the upcoming BRICS summit which will also be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi will arrive in Xiamen in China's southeastern Fujian province, the venue for the 9th BRICS Summit, Sunday evening.

Expect a muted BRICS summit as participants tread on eggshells to prevent exposing divisions, said Shi Yinhong, an global relations professor with Beijing's Renmin University.

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"The prime minister said he was looking forward to engage with leaders of nine other countries, including BRICS partners, in an Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue, being hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 5".

"India attaches a lot of importance to the BRICS as a grouping and we think it is very important for regional and global stability, especially at a time when there is state of uncertainty in the world", Saran further said.

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"We BRICS countries are committed to upholding global peace and contributing to the worldwide security order", the Global Times quoted Xi as saying.

Modi's visit was announced a day after India and China agreed to disengage their troops from the Doklam plateau in Bhutan.

He hoped his visit will help in charting a roadmap for closer cooperation between the two countries.

BRICS has grown into an important platform for cooperation among emerging markets and developing countries. New areas to work together will also be explored. "Terror modules around the world are linked to this mother-ship", said Modi in October a year ago, in Goa.

The ASI will be undertaking further restoration work on a number of pagodas and murals that were damaged in an quake past year, he said.

After the BRICS Summit, Modi will travel to Myanmar. Later, the prime minister will visit Myanmar to boost bilateral ties from 5th to 7th September. Sharing the details about the trip Modi tweeted: "My Myanmar visit includes programs in the historic city of Bagan & Yangon".

  • Megan Austin