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BRICS: Modi to meet China's Xi today as both sides try to move past Doklam

Apart from Xi, Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Egypt

Press Trust of India  |  Xiamen (China) 

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands before the group photo session at 2017 BRICS Summit. Photo: AP | PTI

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Prime Minister and Chinese President on Tuesday will hold their first substantive bilateral meeting after the Doklam standoff, which had put ties between the two countries under strain.

According to external affairs ministry officials, Modi will meet Xi at 12.30 pm (10 am IST), the prime minister's last official engagement before flying off to Myanmar on a bilateral visit.

Modi had arrived here on Sunday and attended the BRICS Summit on Monday.

During the meeting, which is taking place amid efforts from the two sides to leave the bitterness caused by the 73- day face-off between their troops in Dokalam in the Sikkim sector behind, sources said the two leaders are expected to discuss ways to create confidence building measures.

However, they refused to divulge details about the issues to be discussed.

The sense is that both countries want to "move on" after the standoff.

The Chinese and the Indian troops were engaged in a standoff since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army.

On August 28, India's External Affairs Ministry announced that New Delhi and Beijing have decided on "expeditious disengagement" of their border troops in the disputed Dokalam area.

Asked if there was any link between the BRICS declaration, which for the first time named Pakistan-based terror groups for their violent activities and resolution of the Dokalam standoff, Secretary (East) in the MEA Preeti Saran answered in the negative, saying BRICS is a multilateral forum where outcomes are based on consensus.

"It cannot be linked," she added.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang told the media in Beijing that "details of the meeting we will release in due course."

Apart from Xi, Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Egypt, which is among the five counties -- Mexico, Guinea, Thailand, and Tajikistan -- invited by China as part of 'BRICS Plus' outreach exercise.

First Published: Tue, September 05 2017. 08:54 IST