Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are likely to come face-to-face for Virtual BRICS Summit to be held on November 17. This is first time when both the personalities are coming face-to-face since standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
The theme of this year’s BRICS Summit is “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.
Russia, the chair of the five-nation BRICS, announced on Monday that the annual summit of the bloc will be held on November 17 via video conference.
According to a statement issued by Russia, the five participating nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have been able to maintain ‘close strategic partnership’ on peace, security, economy, finance, cultural and people-to-people exchanges amid Covid crisis.
“Despite the current global situation due to the spread of the coronavirus infection, the activities under the Russian BRICS Chairmanship in 2020 are carried out in a consistent manner. Since January 2020 more than 60 events have been organized, including via videoconferencing. The BRICS Summit will provide an impetus for further strengthening cooperation together with our partners to ensure the well-being of BRICS countries,” Anton Kobyakov, a senior Russian official said.
Last year, the BRICS summit had taken place in Brazilia, the capital city of Brazil. Modi and Xi also held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit.
Although there is no official word on a possible bilateral communication between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese premier Xi Jinping, this will be their first face-to-face meeting since the standoff started in June.
Notably, A major Standoff occured between Indian and Chinese troops on June 15, where 20 Indian Soldiers lost their lives and an unknown number of chinese troops also died, though China hadn’t disclosed the exact number of casualties.
Since then, India and China have had several military and diplomatic level talks to resolve the issue.
External Affairs Minister S. Jayshankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).They discussed the current scenario of LAC. Both the Countries issued a joint statement with a five point action plan.
Since June, Both the countries have had various meetings and military dialogues to achieve de-escalation in Ladakh.
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