PM Narendra Modi Will Visit China Post Disengament In Doklam By India & China

August 29th, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy
PM Narendra Modi Will Visit China Post Disengament In Doklam By India & China


PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s coming China visit is significant although he will be there between September 3 and five primarily for Bricks Summit , it is expected he and Chinese President will make an effort to improve bilateral relations which is impacted due to the Doklam issue. He has been invited by the Chinese President to participate at the 9th Summit of Bricks being hosted by China. India and China have withdrawn troops from Doklam Plateau which is in Bhutan. But China is yet to give up its claim on Doklam .India under an agreement is bound to protect its territory bordering China. Bulldozers and other road-building equipment have been removed from the area by China. Indicating that Beijing has agreed to stop plans for a new road that triggered the crisis. China’s People’s Liberation Army, however, had warned India to “draw lessons from the stand-off  and abide by established treaties and work together with China to safeguard peace and stability along the border”. Amid the stand-off, India’s National Security advisor Ajit Doval travelled to Beijing for a summit of security officials of BRICS in July during which he also met Chinese President Xi Jinping. The meeting had underscored the need for strengthening strategic mutual trust”. It is expected that PM Modi will have bilateral talks with President Xi Jinping besides the Heads of Russia, Brazil and South Africa. They are Members of the BRICS, an association of five major emerging national economies. They are also associated with the Group of 20 Members. The summit is being held at Xiamen in Fijian Province on September 3, 4 and 5.

The five BRICS countries represent over 3.6 billion people .These are in the top 25 of the world by population and four are in the top 10. The five nations have a combined nominal GDP of 16.6 trillion US Dollars which is equivalent to about 22 per cent of the gross world product, combined GDP (PPP) of around 37 trillion US Dollars  and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves.

Subsequently, Prime Minister will pay a State visit to Myanmar from September 5-7, 2017 at the invitation of U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s first bilateral State visit to Myanmar which has borders with some north-eastern States in India, besides, centuries old trade, commerce and cultural relations with India. During the visit, Prime Minister will hold discussions with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and also call on President U Htin Kyaw. Apart from his engagements in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw, he will visit Yangon and Bagan. This was officially announced by The Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi.  Incidentally, Suu Kyi, who had fought for decades to restore democracy in her motherland, had spent many years in India in her youth.

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