Talks on cross-border terror, India-China rift to be in focus at BRICSOctober 15, 2016
For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the gathering of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — or BRICS — offers an opportunity to underline the threat he sees to Indian security from militant violence directed from Pakistan.
A bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping was also expected to iron out recent irritants in ties. But across the summit table at a luxurious hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea, Xi is unlikely to have much interest in casting Beijing’s ‘all-weather’ alliance with Pakistan into doubt.
Discussions are also expected to focus on Pakistan at an outreach meeting between the five nations and BIMSTEC, a grouping of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan Thailand.