Prime Minister Narendra Modi has today said that he will visit China from 3rd to 5th September to attend the BRICS Summit. PM Modi tweeted: “I will be in Xiamen, China for the BRICS Summit.” The prime minister said, “India attaches high importance to BRICS, which has begun a 2nd decade of its partnership for progress and peace.” PM Modi added that he will look to build on last year’s summit. “At the BRICS Summit, looking forward to building upon the results & outcomes of the Goa Summit last year, ” he said in a series of tweets. Later, the prime minister will visit Myanmar to boost bilateral ties from 5th to 7th September. Modi said, “India wants to deepen cooperation with Myanmar in areas such as trade, investment, counter-terrorism, skill development, energy & culture.” Sharing the details about the trip Modi tweeted: “My Myanmar visit includes programs in the historic city of Bagan & Yangon. I will also interact with the Indian community in Myanmar.”
Modi’s visit was announced a day after India and China agreed to disengage their troops from the Doklam plateau in Bhutan. The visit assumes significance as it comes after 73-day standoff in Dokalam.
Ways to deepen security and defence cooperation, implementation of India-assisted development projects and the issue of cross border activities by certain insurgent groups along the Indo-Myanmar are likely to figure during Modi’s talks with leadership of the country during the three-day visit. On September 6, the Prime Minister will hold wide-ranging talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi covering entire expanse of bilateral relationship, Sripriya Ranganathan, joint secretary in-charge of Bangladesh and Myanmar in the External Affairs Ministry, said. She said the spate of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and exodus of the ethnic Rohingya minority will figure in the talks. At least 60,000 Rohingya Muslims have entered India illegally from Myanmar over the years, and the government plans to deport them due to security concerns, as per PTI.