India taking over the BRICS leadership, comes at a critical juncture as New Delhi’s relations with Beijing face their worst challenges for decades. It is only after nine months and a few negotiations that the border forces have been separated from the southern and northern banks of Pangong Lake.
China on Monday said it supported India’s hosting of this year’s BRICS summit and would work with New Delhi to strengthen the summit, reducing concerns that the India-China border dispute would affect the forum.
India took over the chairmanship of the five-member conference, which included Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa on January 1, taking over from Russia, which hosted the final conference as an online event in November due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
India taking over the leadership of the BRICS, for the third time since its inception, comes at a critical juncture as New Delhi’s relations with Beijing face their worst challenges in decades. It is only after nine months and a few negotiations that the border forces have separated from the southern and northern banks of Pangong Lake.
“We support India by hosting this year’s conference. We will work with other members to strengthen communication and strengthen bilateral cooperation, increase BRICS cooperation and work towards greater progress under the BRICS, “Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, when asked whether the India-China border issue would affect the BRICS .
Wang’s “three pillars” referred to are policy and security; economic and financial; and human-to-human cultures and exchanges.
Wang said that China will also help the world defeat Covid-19, and also restart economic growth and improve global governance.
Wang said the BRICS is a collaborative force of globalization comprising developing economies and developing countries that “in recent years has seen greater unity, deep working cooperation and greater influence”.
It is now a good, stable, and constructive organization in international affairs, ”he said.
Wang said that China recognizes the importance of this approach, and is also committed to strengthening strategic cooperation within it to strengthen unity and cooperation.
He did not respond to a question on whether President Xi Jinping would attend the BRICS summit in India.
In her last speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India would focus on improving co-operation within the organization.
Modi said that during the Presidency in 2021, they will strive to increase cooperation within the BRICS by strengthening all three pillars. They will try to strengthen the unity within the BRICS and develop a strong institutional framework for this purpose.
In December, China commended India for hosting the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of State at the end of November, saying all member states had made significant comments on the outcome of the conference. It was the first time India had hosted the SCO Heads of State Council after joining an eight-member party in 2017.
Minister Li Keqiang who is the Chinese president on Monday attended a bloc summit also addressed by Deputy President Venkaiah Naidu.