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Modi and Xi will meet face to face again at the Brics summit today | India News


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet virtually face-to-face on Tuesday for the second time this month with President Xi Jinping at the 12th Brics summit to be hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The government said in a statement that the leaders will discuss intra-BRIC cooperation and key issues in the global context, including the reform of the multilateral system, measures to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, cooperation in the fight against terrorism, trade, health, energy and people-to-people exchanges.
Before the summit, Russian authorities ruled out any possibility of the forum being used to address any bilateral issues, but said both India and China could benefit from their participation in the BRICs.
While focusing on economic issues, especially the need to strengthen cooperation in the service sector, Modi is expected to highlight that terrorism, terrorist financing, drug trafficking and organized crime negatively impact the business environment. Modi had described terrorism at the last summit in Brazil as the greatest threat to development.
This will be the second time that Modi and Xi will share some face-to-face time amid the military standoff in Ladakh. At last week’s SCO summit, in the presence of Xi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Modi had stressed the importance of respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity when pursuing connectivity initiatives.
India will take over as the Brics chairman, which will be the third Brics chairmanship for India since its inception (after 2012 and 2016) and will host the 13th summit in 2021.
The summit comes at a time when India and China remain mired in a bitter border confrontation in eastern Ladakh. While Russia has repeatedly said that the dispute must be addressed bilaterally, it has also maintained that member states can use multilateral fora like SCO and Brics to reduce any confidence deficits between them. Modi, in fact, will join Xi again for the G20 summit later this week.

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