BRICS: Xi calls for holistic approach to counter terrorism

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In a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter, the Prime Minister also mentioned his visit to Myanmar after the BRICS summit, and hoped it would deepen bilateral cooperation. The "BRICS card" came in handy for India to moderate China's initially adamant and belligerent stance that threatened "annihilation" of the Indian Army.

President Jacob Zuma is packing for China, where he and a high-profile delegation - from the finance minister to the cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister - will attend the Brics summit in Xiamen City.

The prime minister said he will have the opportunity to meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the BRICS meet.

The upcoming BRICS summit will derive the way forward for practical and comprehensive cooperation between member countries and other emerging economies, the organizing committee said on Saturday.

Though China has said that terrorism will not be on the agenda, however, going by past precedence, PM Modi may bring up the issue.

The Prime Minister will head to Myanmar on a State visit.




The Xiamen Declaration and Action Plan will be agreed on by the five leaders after intensive discussions over the next two days.

The BRICS leaders will also attend the opening ceremony of the BRICS Cultural Festival and Photo Exhibition, a meeting of the BRICS Business Council.

BRICS is an global platform comprising emerging economies for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Modi understood China's vulnerability and sensitivity as the host and kept his participation in the Xiamen summit in abeyance until the Doklam deal was hashed out.

Xi said he still had "full confidence" in BRICS countries' development despite claims that the bloc's relevance had faded due to slower growth. Many read these comments as an oblique reference to China's opposition to India's bid to have Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar recognized as a "globally designated terrorist". He is visiting Myanmar at the invitation of President U Htin Kyaw.

"I will end my visit in Yangon, where I look forward to visiting various historical spots that symbolise the shared heritage of India and Myanmar". Agreements in various sectors such as maritime security, health, capacity building and enhancing cultural cooperation are likely to be signed.

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