1. Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit India, meet PM Narendra Modi in Goa this week

Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit India, meet PM Narendra Modi in Goa this week

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India this week as tension brews between India and China over terrorism and the latter's support to Pakistan.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 10, 2016 10:35 AM
BRICS Summit, BRICS Summit Goa, Goa, Goa BRICS Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Xi Jinping, PM Modi, Narendra Modi, financialexpress, xi jinping, china india pakistan, india pakistan china, china india pakistan, indo pak china, india surgical strikes china, surgical strikes india china Chinese President Xi Jinping will also visit Cambodia and Bangladesh to take part in the BRICS Summit in Goa.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India this week as tension brews between India and China over terrorism and the latter’s support to Pakistan. He will also visit Cambodia and Bangladesh to take part in the BRICS Summit in Goa. During his October 13-17 visit, Xi will first go to Cambodia followed by Bangladesh and later travel to Goa to attend the BRICS Summit, Chinese Foreign Ministry.

In Goa, Xi will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other leaders, including heads of the BIMSTEC (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand) countries who have been invited to the Goa summit. Eleven heads of state from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries will attend the meeting. The BRICS summit will start on October 15 and will end the next day, following which there will be a retreat, in which BIMSTEC countries will take part, according to officials.

Xi’s visit to Bangladesh is regarded as significant as it is taking place after 30 years. The last visit at that level
took place in 1986, The two countries are expected to sign important agreements, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, who briefed the media here on Xi’s visit, said. While Xi is skipping a visit to Nepal which was put off after the election of Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda, he would meet him on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, officials said.

Reports earlier said his visit to Nepal was put off as China was upset over the delay in implementation of
agreements by the new government to link both countries. Li said China regards Goa summit of the BRICS countries important because it will provide an opportunity for the leaders of the five-member bloc to meet and interact with the leaders of BIMSTEC.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Abhi
    Oct 10, 2016 at 5:40 am
    China should be out of NSG, simply because it is supplying arms to terrorists (stani)
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    1. Rohit Chandavarker
      Oct 10, 2016 at 7:57 am
      India's conscious decision to elevate the status of BIMSTEC and organise a summit along with BRICS is indicative of its priorities for the region. With stan playing spoilsport at SAARC, India seems inclined to isolate stan in the South Asian region. Modi Govt.'s accent on boosting regional connectivity has resulted in BIMSTEC getting due recognition. BBIN, a sub grouping within BIMSTEC, (Bhutan, Bangladesh, India & Nepal) has pressed ahead with road connectivity with ADB financing 50% of the project. Similar initiatives are in the offing. The BRICS summit will afford Modi the opportunity of meeting Xi Jinping and confabulate on thorny issues that have plagued our relations, primary among them is China's technical hold over proscribing Masood Azhar. Besides this, is the continued support extended by China to stan & its proposed dam building across river Brahmaputra. India will have to refashion its engagement with China. One has to admit that China is much larger & bigger player but India is a force to reckon with. This asymmetry will be highlighted by China but India will have to find means of converting this situation to its advantage. Herein comes the issue of Balochistan & China's ambitious CPEC project. India's attempt at raking up Balochistan would create hurdles for CPEC's success along with issues like Gilgit & PoK as these regions play host to CPEC's alignment. As a means to contain stani adventurism, India would raise the costs on stan, with China having to suffer collateral damage. This fact will have to be laid bare to the Chinese. Similarly, China would have to be sensitised over the Azhar issue with China itself having to deal with ETIM terror in, not only Xinjiang. but also across Chinese interests abroad. The recent bombing at Chinese emby in Bishkek is a case in point. Any heightened unrest in Xinjiang might elicit support from jihadi elements in stan. If this were to happen, China would be hard pressed to resolve this issue much like India has been grappling with terror exported by stan. The continued adversarial approach by China towards India would hurt Chinese exports to India at a time of economic downturn within China. Calls to boycott Chinese products is gaining ground in India and would make Beijing sit up & take notice. Therefore, it makes sense for Xi Jinping to engage more constructively with India while sidelining stan in the overall strategic calculus for the South Asian region & beyond.
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