G20 Summit: India highlights protectionism, terror threats at BRICS and RIC meetings

WION Osaka, Osaka, Japan Jun 28, 2019, 10.07 PM(IST) Reported By: Sidhant Sibal Written By: Sidhant Sibal

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( ANI )

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The BRICS, in its joint declaration, came strong on states providing support to terror. They reiterated that it is the 'responsibility of all states to prevent financing of terrorist networks and of terrorist actions from their territories" and "commitment to fight the exploitation of the internet for terrorist purposes.'

The rising threat from protectionism and terrorism were in focus during the informal BRICS and RIC (Russia, India, China) meet that happened on the sidelines of the 14th G20 Summit today

Speaking at the BRICS meet, that has become a permanent fixture on the sidelines of the G20 summit, PM Modi said, "support to terror should be stopped". The prime minister talked about a global conference on the issue, the idea for which was given by him during his visit to the Maldives earlier this month. 

PM Modi said, there is uncertainty in the global economic order and "rules-based multilateral order" can face problems due to one-sided decisions. 

He gave five solutions to the current problems which included free flow of skilled man force which will benefit nations where the average age of the workforce is beyond the workable age. 

The BRICS, in its joint declaration, came strong on states providing support to terror. They reiterated that it is the "responsibility of all states to prevent financing of terrorist networks and of terrorist actions from their territories" and "commitment to fight the exploitation of the internet for terrorist purposes." 

The statement took a strong stance on protectionism and stated, "Protectionism and unilateralism run counter to the spirit and rules of the WTO". India said that any international rules on data should be done under WTO and not by any other grouping including the G20. 

This comes even as Australia, Japan and the US push for a free flow of trade at the G20. It is interesting to know that the RIC meeting echoed the sentiment on trade and terror.

Speaking during the RIC meet, which was revived last year after 12 years, the PM said, "As the world's leading economies, exchange of views between us, on the economic, political and security situation of the world is important. Our trilateral meeting today is a useful medium for discussing and coordinating on major global issues." 

RIC meet discussed global trading regime and need for rules-based trading order and support for WTO reforms while slamming protectionism. The PM talked about the idea of an international conference at the RIC meet and hoped Russia and China to back it. 

It is interesting to know that all three members of the RIC are also members of the BRICS.