PM leaves for China to attend BRICS Summit; to visit Myanmar too

A few hours after the cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Modi left for China to attend the three-day 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen starting today.

China fears Modi may raise the issue at the meeting because he did so at the Goa summit of BRICS previous year while describing Pakistan as the "mother-ship of terrorism".

"I am convinced that as long as we take a holistic approach to fighting terrorism in all its forms, and address both its symptoms and root causes, terrorists will have no place to hide,"Xi said while delivering a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum scheduled for September 3-4 in the south-eastern coastal city of Xiamen".

He further said that he would also meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the summit.

In a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter, the Prime Minister also mentioned his visit to Myanmar after the BRICS summit, and hoped it would deepen bilateral cooperation. "There are certain developments in the world which are important to be addressed, and I'm sure, leaders in the BRICS meeting are bound to look at it, including the scourge of terrorism, which has been the most important subject for India", Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs Preeti Saran said. Xiamen will host the 2017 BRICS Summit from September 3 to 5, which brings together the leaders of Brazil, Russia, China, India, and South Africa.

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PM leaves for China to attend BRICS Summit; to visit Myanmar too

About his first bilateral visit to Myanmar, Modi said both countries will look at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture. The Prime Minister will hold discussions with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest.

The dispute, which had begun to threaten the success of the BRICS summit, was resolved Monday.

Though China has said that terrorism will not be on the agenda, however, going by past precedence, PM Modi may bring up the issue.

Coincidentally, Myanmar was also the first country that Modi had visited after carrying out his first reshuffle. "I am also keen to meet and interact with the Indian-origin community of Myanmar, whose history goes back more than a century", he said.

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