Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS Summit. During the meeting PM Modi said there was a “new direction and new energy” in bilateral ties after the two leaders’ second informal summit in Chennai. “Fruitful meeting between PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines on the BRICS Summit in Brazil. Trade and investment were among the key issues both leaders talked about,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.
“I am glad to meet you once again. When I look back, we had met for the first time in Brazil itself... and our journey began. This journey of unknown people has today turned into a close friendship. Since then, we have met at many forums, bilaterals; you visited my home state, took me to your village, came to receive me outside Beijing in Wuhan.... It is such a significant thing that within the five years, there have been so much trust and friendly relations,” Prime Minister Modi told President Xi.
“As you said and I believe that our meeting in Chennai gave our journey a new direction and new energy. Without any agenda, we talked about each other’s issues, global situations... these have been very successful,” Modi said.
President Xi thanked prime minister Modi for India’s substantial participation in the just concluded China Import Export Expo in Shanghai.
Xi conveyed his deep appreciation to Modi for hosting him at the second informal summit in Chennai and said that he would not forget the welcome given to him by the prime minister and the people of India.
He invited Modi for the 3rd informal summit in China in 2020. The date and venue for which will be determined through diplomatic channels.
The leaders also exchanged views on multilateral issues including WTO, BRICS and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at the BRICS Summit held to focus on building mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation and strengthen India’s ties with the world’s five major economies.