India, China hold talks for strengthening strategic partnership, mutual dialogue

India Sunday said it looks forward to strengthen its strategic partnership and mutual dialogue with China as the two sides held talks in Beijing. Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh met Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the BRICS foreign ministers’ meeting being held in Beijing to finalise the agenda for this year’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit to be held in September in China’s Xiamen city.

They discussed steps to strengthen strategic relations on the directions laid down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at Astana recently.

Mr. Wang referred to the fruitful and constructive meeting between Mr. Xi and Mr. Modi on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) last week at Astana.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Singh said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wanted to visit Beijing but health and other restrictions did not permit her. Mr. Singh later attended a banquet hosted by Wang for the Foreign Ministers of BRICS countries.

During the foreign ministers’ meet, China is expected to outline the agenda for this year’s BRICS summit which included efforts to seek common ground against terrorism. UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s, FAO, has said the BRICS countries are well positioned to take a leading role in helping achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate accord. BRICS is the acronym for an association of the world’s five major emerging national economies- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.