The Prime Minister will attend the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg along with the leaders of Brazil, China, Russia, and South Africa. This will be the first in-person gathering in the previous three years, after the concluding BRICS summit in 2019 because of the Covid-19 epidemic.,
When asked about the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi, Vinay Kwatra, the foreign secretary, said, “PM’s schedule is still being developed and we have a positive intent and an open mind when it comes to BRICS expansion”.
Considering that both countries have been engaged in a military standoff in the Ladakh sector for more than three years, Modi’s departure for the BRICS summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday may be the first of several meetings between the two nations.
The arrival of PM Modi at the BRICS summit will give its participants a good opportunity to decide on potential future areas of cooperation.
Ajit Doval, the national security adviser, met Wang Yi, the senior foreign minister of China, the previous month in Johannesburg during a BRICS summit. Mr. Doval emphasised the need for ongoing initiatives to thoroughly address the crisis and bring calm and peace back to the border regions.
Nobody is certain how the PM and Chinese president’s meeting would turn out because India has insisted that there must be peace in the border regions for its relations with China to be normal.