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Standoff at home but Modi, Xi trade praises at G-20

PM Modi greets Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the BRICS Summit in Hamburg on July 7. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team Hamburg, Germany Jul 07, 2017, 10.10 AM (IST)

Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping "conversed on a range of issues" at an informal meeting of the leaders of the BRICS grouping during the ongoing G-20 summit in Hamburg on Friday.

Their meeting comes amidst a standoff between the armies of India and China in the Sikkim region.

The Chinese President appreciated India's "strong resolve against terrorism" in BRICS while PM Modi said there had been a "positive momentum in BRICS under chairmanship of President Xi Jinping." 

The two conversed on a "range of issues" at an informal gathering of BRICS leaders, Gopal Baglay, spokesperson at the Ministry of External Affairs said.

"President Xi appreciated India's strong resolve against terrorism and momentum in BRICS introduced under India's Chairmanship," India's Ministry of External Affairs said.

PM Modi promised full cooperation and best wishes to the Chinese President for the upcoming BRICS Summit in China, PTI reported.

PM Modi urged leaders from the BRICS nations to show leadership in fighting terrorism and boosting global economy even as he asked the G-20 nations to collectively crackdown on terror financing, safe havens, "support and sponsors" of terrorism.

The Indian prime minister, who was the lead speaker on the theme of terrorism at the Leaders Retreat, presented an 11-point action agenda for counter-terrorism and emphasised the need to strengthen inter-governmental cooperation among countries.

"BRICS has been a strong voice and needs to show leadership on terrorism and global economy," Modi said.

 He emphasised that the G-20 should collectively oppose terrorism financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors.

The Indian PM also supported the "collective voice" against protectionism, especially in the spheres of trade and movement of knowledge and professionals. He also called for expediting efforts to establish a BRICS rating agency. 

He emphasised that it was necessary to work together for sustained global economic recovery and also referred to the reforms carried out by his government, including implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

"GST implemented last week is India's biggest tax reform in last 70 yrs. It will help businesses," PM Modi said.

The BRICS bloc comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In a joint communique issued as the leaders gathered in a vast convention centre, the  BRICS countries called on the G20 to push for implementation of the Paris climate deal despite Trump's decision last month to pull the United States out of it.

The G-20, which includes India and China, account for 80 per cent of the global economic output. 

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