For the first time since the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to come face-to-face virtually at the BRICS annual summit to be held on November 17.
Russia, the chair of the five-nation BRICS, announced on Monday that the annual summit of the bloc will be held on November 17 via video conference.
The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) is known as an influential bloc that represents over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world’s population.
The BRICS countries have a combined GDP of USD 16.6 trillion.
“The theme of the meeting of the leaders of BRICS countries is ”BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”,” the Russian government said in a statement.
Both Prime Minister Modi and President Xi have attended all summit meetings of the BRICS in the last few years.
PM Modi and Chinese President Xi are attending the virtual summit, said a diplomat, involved in the arrangements for the multilateral event.
Last year, the BRICS summit had taken place in Brazilia, the capital city of Brazil. PM Modi and Chinese PresidentXi also held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit.
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