BRICS Summit is a Litmus Test for Modi

WhIle of India and China continue showing their muscle power at Doklam, the real success lies in resolving the issue through diplomatic means. Both countries should realize that dispute between two biggest nations in the world does not augur well for either of them. As leaders of India and China meet in the first week of September 2017 in China, can Modi convince the Chinese?

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The Doklam standoff between India and China is resolved for the time being.  India has agreed in pulling back its troop from the disputed territory, although Chinese soldiers will continue to patrol the area. India decided to withdraw on the assurance that China will halt building roads in the area. Despite a peaceful resolution where both sides conceded something, China’s chest thumping rhetoric continues.  The Chinese Defense Ministry and PLA’s Senior Colonel, Wu Qian said in a statement, “We remind India to draw lessons from the stand-off, abide by established treaties and the basic principles of international law, and work together with China to safeguard peace and stability along the border and promote the healthy development of the two militaries.”

What lessons he is indicating is debatable as India did not withdraw without the concession from China that was demanded. Yet, noises from those empty vessels are probably to offset the diplomatic win of India that could have had a negative effect of PLA and Chinese government to its people.

This resolution corroborates unhindered pathway for PM Modi to visit the Fujian province for BRICS summit to be held there in Sepetember 2017. India’s MEA has said, “At the invitation of the President of People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during September 3-5, 2017 to attend the 9th BRICS Summit.”

Modi face challenges to solve the long standing adversary in the form of China. He should take this opportunity to try and resolve the border dispute issues Chinese President Xi Jinping. Both countries should realize that dispute between two biggest nations in the world does not augur well for either of them. Further, both are emerging economies and this kind conflict can be detrimental to their progress.

The BRICS nations are home to 42% of the global population. The share of economies of the BRICS countries together compared to the global economy is also rising, which reached 23% from 12% in the last decade. Thus, there should be cooperation between them which can lead them to faster lane of growth. Today, the BRICS nations contribute more than 50% of global growth. As far as the Doklam episode is concerned, both India and China acted with maturity and resolved the issue.