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China Invites Pakistan Foreign Minister for Talks After BRICS Meet

The BRICS summit concluded on Tuesday.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping for bilateral talks on Tuesday, the last day of the BRICS summit. Modi and other leaders adopted the Xiamen declaration at the ninth edition of BRICS Summit on Monday. The leaders condemned terrorism and, for the first time ever, named Pakistan-based terror outfits like the LeT and the JeM, among other terror groups in the declaration.

China on Wednesday said it has invited Pakistan's Foreign Minister for talks, in an apparent move to assuage Islamabad's concerns.

The Xiamen summit is the first BRICS gathering after New Delhi and Beijing decided on an "expeditious disengagement" of their border troops in the disputed Doklam area on 28 August. After China, PM Modi will leave for a three-day visit to Myanmar.

Snapshot
  • PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the summit sidelines, their first bilateral meet after the Doklam resolution
  • ‘Healthy & stable’ China-India ties were the need of the hour, Xi said.
  • At the BRICS Business Council meeting, PM Modi said the GST was India’s biggest economic reform
  • The BRICS leaders condemned terror outfits, named Pakistan-based LeT, JeM, Haqqani network, Taliban, Al Qaeda
  • The Chinese President has announced $76mn for BRICS economic cooperation
9:16 PM , 06 Sep

Chinese Foreign Minister to Meet Pak Counterpart

China said on Wednesday it has invited Pakistan's Foreign Minister for talks, in an apparent move to assuage Islamabad's concerns after the BRICS countries for the first time named Pakistan-based terrorist groups like LeT and JeM in the grouping's declaration.

Foreign Minister Mohammed Asif will pay an official visit to China on September 8, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Chinese leaders will meet Asif and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with him, he said.

China and Pakistan are all weather strategic partners. The two sides have seen their relationship growing with a sound momentum, frequent high level exchanges and fruitful outcomes of political cooperation.
Geng Shuang

Asif was supposed to travel to China, Russia, Turkey and Iran this week to drum up support for Islamabad after US President Donald Trump warned Pakistan of consequences if it continues to support terror groups.

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5:52 PM , 05 Sep

Pakistan Rejects BRICS Statement

The Pakistan government has rejected the statement made by the BRICS powers at the summit which condemned the country for being a safe haven for terror groups.

The official handle of the government tweeted,

Pakistan said that no terrorist organisation ‘has any complete safe havens’ in their country, with the Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan saying that they were clearing out remnants of these organisations.

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12:13 PM , 05 Sep

PM Modi Thanks Chinese Govt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express that the BRICS Summit was “extremely productive”.

He also thanked the people of China for their “warm hospitality” during the Summit.

12:02 PM , 05 Sep

'Reaffirmed that Differences Will Not Become Disputes'

Briefing the media after bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that “peace and tranquility is a prerequisite” for the further development of India-China ties.

The two leaders had a “forward-looking” conversation, in a meeting that lasted an hour, said Jaishankar.

Bilateral discussion was constructive. Both countries agreed at Astana that they will not let differences become disputes, that was reaffirmed.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar

He added that issues of counter-terrorism were not discussed during the bilateral meet.

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Published: 03 Sep 2017, 2:23 PM IST
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