External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar attended the BRICS summit (Photo: S Jaishankar/Twitter)
New York: After attacking China for blocking the designation of Pakistan-based terrorists in the respective United Nations (UN) Sanctions Committee, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). met with. Ministerial meeting in New York.
The two leaders came face-to-face for the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which was hosted by South Africa. The meeting also saw the presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. At the BRICS meeting, the ministers exchanged views on key global and regional issues on the agenda of the United Nations (UN) in the political, security, economic, financial and sustainable development areas as well as on intra-BRICS activities.
The Ministers also discussed possibilities of mutual support for their initiative at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). They expressed support for the continued cooperation of BRICS members in areas of mutual interest, including regular exchanges between their Permanent Missions to the United Nations.
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Since its inception, BRICS, which added South Africa in 2011, has united for greater representation of major emerging economies on the world stage – and what it sees as disproportionate dominance of Western powers.
However, the old source of internal friction within BRICS remains unresolved, while tensions between India and China, which escalated into a violent border conflict in 2020. Critics say BRICS may lose its importance when China violates two decades of agreements with India.
Brix went on life support not in New York, but in Galwan Valley. Tanvi Madan, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, said, “The conflict between India and China is not only because of the 2020 crisis, but also because of Chinese engagement in South Asia, in the Indo-Pacific region and in international institutions such as the UNSC. About Indian concerns about actions. It is only natural that this will affect groups like BRICS in which both participate.”
But the suspense remains on the bilateral meeting between India and China on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Jaishankar has planned more than 50 meetings on the sidelines of the UNGA but no bilateral meetings are planned with China. The Chinese Foreign Minister is also in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
Earlier in the day, Jaishankar took a veiled dig at China for blacklisting Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, Sajid Mir as a “global terrorist”. “He is India’s most wanted terrorist and was involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Jaishankar said that few countries have facilitated impunity when it comes to banning some of the world’s most feared terrorists.
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“Speaking at the UNSC briefing on Ukraine, the ‘fight against impunity’, the minister said that politics should never provide cover to avoid accountability. “Nor really to facilitate impunity. Sadly, we’ve seen it in the same room recently when it comes to banning some of the world’s most feared terrorists. ,
“If serious attacks made in broad daylight are left out, this council must reflect on the signals we are sending on impunity. There must be consistency if we are to ensure credibility.” Relations between India and China deteriorated after the Galwan Valley conflict.
According to government sources, the decommissioning process was recently completed in the Gogra Heights-Hot Springs area near Patrolling Point-15 in the Eastern Ladakh sector on September 13. Both sides have also completed verification of each other’s position adaptors to pull the troops back from the point of friction.
India and China are engaged in a standoff since April-May 2020 over violations by the Chinese military in several areas including the Finger Area, Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Kongrung Nala. The situation worsened after violent clashes with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in June 2020.