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China, India vow to advance cooperation among BRICS nations

Updated: Sep 16,2016 9:49 AM     Xinhua

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (2nd R) attends the 6th meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues in New Delhi, India, Sept 15, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

NEW DELHI — China and India pledged on Sept 15 to further promote cooperation among the BRICS nations, and discussed issues such as cyber security, energy security and anti-terrorism.

When attending the 6th meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues, State Councilor Yang Jiechi said that leaders of BRICS nations reached consensus on furthering BRICS cooperation when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China’s eastern city of Hangzhou earlier this month.

China is ready to make joint efforts with other BRICS nations to make the upcoming BRICS summit in India’s Goa a success and inject new dynamism into the BRICS cooperation, he added.

As the BRICS’ chairman next year, China will make good preparations for the BRICS summit and meetings of senior representatives on security and foreign ministers of BRICS nations, said Yang.

When meeting representatives from BRICS nations for the security meeting, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the BRICS nations are playing an increasingly constructive role in international affairs.

He expressed his belief that the BRICS summit in Goa could yield practical results and cement friendly relations among the BRICS nations so as to enhance the influence of developing countries and emerging economies.

The BRICS nations group Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Also on Sept 15, Yang met with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The state councilor said development of bilateral ties between the two countries have maintained good momentum.

President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Modi held talks at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, setting the direction for the development of bilateral ties for the next phase, Yang said.

“China is willing to join hands with India to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, deepen mutual political trust, expand pragmatic cooperation and friendly exchanges, and properly handle sensitive issues in order to push forward the development of bilateral ties in the right direction and promote Asia’s development and prosperity.”

Yang said BRICS has witnessed 10 years of fruitful cooperation among its member states, and China will fully support India’s efforts to host the BRICS summit in Goa successfully.

For his part, Doval said as neighbors and the largest developing countries in the world, India and China have great potential for cooperation.

India is willing to boost political communication, expand pragmatic cooperation and promote cooperation and coordination with China within the framework of G20 and BRICS so as to press ahead with common development and safeguard common interests of the two countries.