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Amid Sikkim stand-off, India's Ajit Doval meets President Xi in Beijing

Ajit Doval said BRICS countries also should take leadership role on strategic issues of regional and global importance. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 28, 2017, 09.58 AM (IST)

Amid the stand-off with the Chinese Army in Sikkim, India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval Friday met President Xi Jinping in Beijing, along with other representatives from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.

The National Security Advisor called on the five-member bloc of emerging  BRICS countries to show leadership on issues of regional and global importance, including countering terrorism. There was, however, no reference to the ongoing Doklam standoff in his speech.

Ajit Doval, India's Special Representative for the India-China boundary talks, discussed the stand-off in the disputed area of Doklam with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi yesterday. 

China had acknowledged that Doval and Yang Jiechi met and discussed "major problems" in bilateral ties.

However, China made no mention of the Doklam standoff.

Since the standoff began on June 16, China has been maintaining that there will not be a meaningful dialogue without the unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops.

In today's meetings, there were no hand shakes in front of the media between Chinese officials and the national security advisors.

"We should hold a BRICS forum to discuss security issues that impact global peace and stability," Ajit Doval said today at the meeting of NSAs from BRICS countries.

In his opening remarks at the meeting hosted by his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, Ajit Doval said BRICS countries should also take a leadership role on strategic issues of regional and global importance specially in the areas where they have "consensus".

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the 7th meeting of 'BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues' was a major platform for BRICS countries to discuss and carry out cooperation in the political and security field.

The meeting aims to enhance strategic communication, political mutual trust and international influence of BRICS countries, it said, adding that the meeting will focus on global governance, counter- terrorism, cyber security and energy security, international and regional hotspots, and national security and development.


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