Modi leaves on a five-day visit to China, Myanmar

"South Africa looks forward to meeting with the like-minded Brics countries as it strongly believes that these engagements will contribute to finding innovative approaches and solutions to our identified triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality, as well as the development objectives of the global South", said presidency spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga. "I also look forward to productive discussions and positive outcomes that will support the agenda of a stronger BRICS partnership under the chairmanship of China", Modi said.

He added leaders from five other emerging markets and developing countries -Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan and Thailand -would attend the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries during the summit and engage in dialogue with the BRICS members.

As after his first two cabinet reshuffles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi left on a foreign trip soon after carrying out the third one today.

A possible meeting between Modi and Chinese leader Xi on the margins of the Summit will be a major focus at a time when ties between the two major powers have nosedived over a number of issues including the Dokalam stand-off.

Modi will arrive in Xiamen in China's southeastern Fujian province, the venue for the 9th BRICS Summit, Sunday evening.

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"We BRICS countries are committed to upholding global peace and contributing to the worldwide security order", the Global Times quoted Xi as saying.

Modi took to social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, to talk about his visit to China.

The BRICS forum is an important event for BRICS leaders to meet each year to exchange discussions on hot issues of common concern, to rally consensus and to develop policy statements. New areas to work together will also be explored.

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. He is visiting Myanmar at the invitation of President U Htin Kyaw.

The Summit will focus on the state of the global economic recovery, intra-BRICS trade and a greater role for emerging economies in the worldwide financial architecture. "Terror modules around the world are linked to this mother-ship", said Modi in October previous year, in Goa. This is the first State visit of PM Modi. "I will also interact with the Indian community in Myanmar".

  • Joey Payne