PM Modi to Attend BRICS Summit in China

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According to Bernal Rodriguez, bilateral trade between the two countries, which totaled 42.7 billion USA dollars in 2016, has been dominated by industrial goods.

Xiamen (China), Sep 3 (IANS) The 9th BRICS Summit began here on Sunday, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping expected to meet on the sidelines of the three-day event.

"We BRICS countries are committed to upholding global peace and contributing to the worldwide security order", Xi said. His first port of call will be Xiamen in China, to attend the BRICS summit. The Chinese president said he looked forward to working with other Brics leaders to ensure the Xiamen summit would deliver results that would inject fresh impetus into cooperation in the group, offer new solutions on improving global governance and make new contributions to world economic growth.

Meanwhile the Indian PM has added that India attaches high importance to the role of BRICS as it is bent on progress and peace. "I don't think this is an appropriate topic to be discussed at BRICS summit", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a briefing.

"These are global developments and we have been discussing about it and, terrorism is something which is an issue that affects the entire worldwide community".

The forum is expected to gather a record 1,200 attendees, including representatives from almost 80 Fortune 500 multinationals, said Jiang Zengwei, head of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, at a press conference.

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

India is in a stronger position to raise the issue because US President Donald Trump recently accused Pakistan of sheltering terrorists and threatened to withdraw financial aid if Islamabad refused to mend its ways.

Speaking at last month's official launch of the New Development Bank in Sandton in Johannesburg, Zuma said: "The bank is working on expanding its membership to other countries beyond Brics". Prime Minister will also be on the state visit of Myanmar from 5-7 September 2017.

South African hosts' total income earned from BRICS-based guests also ranks the highest of the five countries at nearly $2 million (about R26 million).

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