Bilateral talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are to be held at the BRICS summit in Goa on October 15. The BRICS summit that is to be held in Goa between October 14-16. It was reported earlier that the BRICS summit was facing threats of terror attacks after phone calls were intercepted between handlers and terrorists in Maharashtra. This will be a key interaction as China is facing an economic slowdown. Its conduct in the South China Sea has raised eyebrows in the US and also raised concerns in India.
Apart from this China has been a major roadblock in India’s attempt of securing NSG membership. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) project is a geopolitical provocation. PM Narendra Modi had asserted at the 7th BRICS Summit that the need for a united global effort to combat terrorism is of utmost importance at the moment and this should also be a priority for the BRICS nations. Expressing his pleasure over China, taking over the presidency of G20 in December 2015, the Prime Minister had then assured China of full support during its presidency.
However, China’s repeated opposition in the United Nations Security Council to India’s bid to have Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar declared an international terrorist showed the trust deficit between BRICS declarations on terrorism and the Dragon’s actual conduct. With the US constantly asking Nawaz Sharif government to rein in terror elements in Pakistan and lending an unprecedented support to India, China and Russia have become two crucial players in this sub-continental imbroglio. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy is set to undertake a complex and significant manoeuvre as India is looking forward to using this opportunity to respond to the current realities in its north and west. It also looks to open new avenues for engaging its western partners in innovative ways. The Modi government has laid out a five-point agenda for the 2016 BRICS Summit. Those five points are institution building, implementation, integrating, innovation and continuity.