Fortaleza (Brazil): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil. Modi raised the contentious border issue in the 80-minute long meeting and also accepted an invitation to attend the APEC meet in China in November.
Modi said, “This meeting holds a lot of importance during the BRICS summit. I am also very thankful to China for sending their envoy to India as soon as my government was formed.”
Jingping had sent his Foreign Minister Wang Yi soon after Modi’s swearing-in as the Prime Minister. Modi reminiscing about his visits to China as the Gujarat chief minister certainly added to the warmth. The two leaders established a rapport and the Chinese President invited Modi to China to attend the APEC summit in November. India has never attended an APEC summit and has lobbied for decades to be a member of the 21-nation grouping.
India has never attended an APEC summit and has lobbied for decades to be a member of the 21-nation grouping.
MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “We take China’s invitation to the Prime Minister to the APEC meet in November as an important one. The dates have not yet been worked on.”
Jinping said that when India and China meet, the world watches. But there are certainly some issues that remain. The boundary issue is a perennial one, with both countries agreeing that a solution needs to be found. Modi has also asked Jinping to help address the trade imbalance in favour of China.
Both New Delhi and Shanghai are in the running to be the headquarters of the to-be-announced $100 billion BRICS development bank. All BRICS members have agreed to pump in funding of $2 billion over 7 years, but there isn’t any consensus over the headquarters.