BRICS - 2016 GOA, INDIA (News and Discussion)

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    8th BRICS summit

    The 2016 BRICS summit will be the eighth annual BRICS summit, an international relations conference attended by the heads of state or heads of government of the five member states Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The summit will be held at Goa in India, from 15th to 16th October 2016.[1] India will hold the chair of the BRICS from February 2016 to December 2016.[2][3][4]


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    Pakistan May Play Foul By Proxy In BRICS Summit

    In view of ensuing BRICS summit in Goa on October 15-16 under the Chairmanship of India, the political overtures displayed by Pakistan towards China after the surgical strikes assumes even greater significance in the light of the fact that China is a key member to the group. Using the platform, Pakistan is contemplating major strategies to settle scores with India by proxy.
    In the backdrop of the humiliation it suffered -- owing to India's initiative to isolate it and abandon the SAARC summit that was scheduled in Islamabad on November 15-16 -- Pakistan is conspiring to persuade China, ostensibly for mutual gain, to grill India in the BRICS summit for supporting the anti-Pakistan-China stir in Baluchistan. Incidentally, the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through Gwadar in Baluchistan is supposed to be the benchmark for economic growth of China and Pakistan as well.

    If the CPEC -- that is intended to link Kashgar in China's Xinjiang province to the Gwadar deep sea port close to Pakistan's border with Iran -- is dubbed as a game-changer project for Pakistan's infrastructure development across its length and breath, the Corridor will provide opportunities to China to consolidate its grip over the economy of Asia and Eastern Europe. China will spend $46 billion on the project and develop a Silk Road Economic Belt covering a large area of Asia and Eastern Europe and have a land access to the Indian Ocean as well. About 700,000 job opportunities in Pakistan are estimated to pour in by 2030 while the GDP growth will be stepped up significantly. Investors are expected to receive all out support from Beijing and Chinese banks. The investment will be mostly in the field of energy. Pakistan is expected to add 16,000 MW by 2021, and reduce power shortage by 4,000-7,000 MW. The CPEC deal also includes $ 5.9 bn for road projects and $ 3.7 bn for railway projects. A $ 44 million optical fibre cable between China and Pakistan will be put in too.

    The worst-ever post-surgical strike controversies in India over the integrity of the Government and the Army as well appear to be fallout of a major political intrigue by Pakistan presumably with the help of its 'all-weather ally' China. Soon after the surgical strikes by India across the LOC at POK, Pakistan sent its envoys Mukhdum Khusro Bakhtiyar and Adam Dad Laleka -- both MPs -- to China to seek guidelines to deal with the situation.

    During the series of confabulations and secret parleys with Chinese authorities, multi-pronged strategies were worked out to settle scores with India. If well-placed sources privy to the delegation are to be believed, during deliberations with China's Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin and others, the Pakistan envoys were suggested to instigate a virtual civil war in India by roping in the foreign media in a run up to the BRICS summit. At the meeting, suggestions were made to inflame public opinion against the hype maintained by the Government of India about the resounding success of surgical strikes and the extension of unconditional support to the on-going liberation movement in Baluchistan in the garb of human rights violation.


    Consequently, the foreign media including Washington Post, New York Time, The Quint, The Diplomat, etc put a question mark on India's claim about surgical strikes. These foreign media giants claimed that they had talks with residents along the LOC and none of them had witnessed the movement of the Indian army across the LOC and the consequences of the surgical strikes at POK.



    The foreign media was also used to malign the image of Modi for his role to encourage the on-going anti-Pakistan-China agitation in Baluchistan over CPEC. The foreign media claimed that Modi aimed to negotiate with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue in the garb of human rights violation in Baluchistan and supported the anti-Pakistan-China agitation in Baluchistan for obvious reasons. A few days back, agitationists reportedly burnt the national flags of Pakistan and China in protest against the CPEC. They were opposing the CPEC in the light of their belief that the corridor was meant to benefit China for exploiting and plundering resources of the area.


    The strategy masterminded to abet a nation-wide outcry in India over the Government's claim about the success of surgical strikes across the LOC and consequent display of unprecedented solidarity by the opposition in demanding evidence of the operation turned out to be counter-productive for Pakistan. Whether it is Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Kapil Sibal or RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, all of them asked the Government to come out with the evidence to nail the truth. Incidentally, the BJP-led Narendra Modi Government has preferred to turn a deaf ear to the opposition demand so far for reasons best known to it.

    Cashing-in on the situation, Pakistan's media has been carrying news -- about the mounting pressure on the Government by the opposition to divulge details of the surgical strikes -- with prominence. The headlines that hit the Pakistani media include Rahul Gandhi's 'Khoon ki Dalali', Kejriwal's demand for proof of the surgical strikes, Digvijay Singh's contention to divulge the truth with documentary evidence to apprise the world about the facts, etc. The Pakistani media that raised the issue include Duniya News, The Express Tribune, Neo News, Don, Pakistan Observer, etc.

    Likewise, the post-surgical strike reactions by Hindu radical forces in India have provided fodder to the political intrigue by Pakistan, presumably working in tandem with China. The ploy to ban Pakistani artistes from entering India by Hindu radical forces prompted a reaction from a section of Bollywood celebrities in favour of their counterparts in Pakistan. It led another section of celebrities to wade in with unpleasant accusations. Actor Salman Khan had to face criticism from his fellow actors for his contention that artists were not terrorists and both should not be equated. Actor Nana Patekar -- who is believed to be an ex-army man -- implicitly rubbished Salman's comment while actor Anupam Kher flayed unscrupulous remarks by actor Om Puri on the acts of the army. Actor Ajay Devgan contended with sarcasm that Indian artistes should learn from their Pakistani counterparts who work in India but stick to their country. Even producers-directors Mahesh Bhatt and Karan Johar have been warned of dire consequences if they cast Pakistani artistes in their movies.

    Incidentally, no Pakistani artistes -- who happen to be part of the Bollywood -- except singer Shafqat Amanat Ali expressed concern and anguish over the unpleasant spat in Bollywood.
    As such, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team have enough reasons to pump up their chests over the successful conduct of surgical strikes across the LOC, Pakistan has had the last laugh by abetting a vertical division among different sections of society in India. While the opposition is demanding evidence of the surgical strikes implicitly casting aspersions on the much-acclaimed achievement of the Government and the army as well, never before has the film fraternity locked horns over the issue of entry of Pakistani artistes in India. And the people in general have remained mute bystanders for want of facts.

    To top it all, if Pakistan in collusion with China could succeed to mobilize the world in its favour and prompt opinion clashes in India by using the foreign media, the ensuing BRICS summit does not augur well for India.
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    Brics Summit in Goa: From defence to food deals, India and Russia push ahead to reshape trade ties

    The meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is significant as it comes at a time when the bilateral relations between the countries are at an interesting juncture because of Russia's perceived closeness to Pakistan.

    Post the talks, to be held ahead of the Brics Summit in Goa, Putin and Modi are also expected to issue a joint statement to reflect their common approaches towards solving various global and regional issues.

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    Both sides will also approve a roadmap of measures timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    Russia's delegation will also be represented by Vice- Premier Dmitry Rogozin, the heads of the Industry and Trade, Energy and Economics Ministries, state civil nuclear power corporation Rosatom and others.

    The Russian and Indian leaders will take part in the ceremony of laying the foundation for the third and fourth power units of India's Kudankulam nuclear power plant via a video conference, make statements for the media and hold a tete-a-tete lunch.

    According to media reports, Russia and India are set to sign about 18 documents and have lined a slew of of deals, especially in the defence sector.

    Here's a low down on the business deals that are on the table and those signed:

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    File image of Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi. PTI

    Defence deals: Despite its move closer to Pakistan, Russia seems to be making attempt to clarify that its defence ties with India are not getting affected. Putin told IANS in an interview that Russia remains one of India's leading suppliers of advanced weapons and defence technology as "India is Russia's especially privileged strategic partner".

    "Our countries actively collaborate in the military technical field. Russia remains in the lead in terms of both direct supplies of most advanced weapons and military equipment and conducting joint researches with India, as well as producing goods for military purposes," Putin told IANS/Sputnik in an exclusive interview ahead of his visit to India for the five-nations BRICS Summit in Goa this weekend.

    "The construction of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and the development of a new, fifth generation fighter aircraft are mong the successful joint projects," Putin said.

    He said many of the Russian projects in India not only have commercial importance but also play a significant social and economic role for the economies of the two countries.

    "Russian companies see real prospects and high attractiveness of the Indian market," Putin said.

    The two important deals likely to be signed at a time when India-Pakistan tensions are running high are Kamov and S400 Triumf.

    Kamov 226T: India and Russia are expected to sign a "complex agreement" for production of 200 Kamov 226T helicopters domestically under a nearly $1 billion deal.

    This agreement is seen as the next big step in cooperation between Russia and India in the area of helicopter production and service.

    According to Russian Helicopters, Ka-226T is a powerful, light multirole helicopter with "high safety standards", "incredibly precise hovering ability" and "excellent manoeuvrability". It has "eco-friendly features, efficiency, modern avionics and additional flight safety solutions – making this one of the best models in its class".

    These choppers will replace the country's the aging Cheetah and Chetak fleet.

    Apart from boosting the trade relations between India and Russia, the agreement is also seen as a boost for Modi's Make in India programme.

    S-400 'Triumf': Both the countries will sign a multi-billion dollar deal for S-400 'Triumf' long-range air defence missile systems on Saturday following talks between the nation heads.

    "Following the results of the negotiations between our president and (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, an agreement will be signed on the delivery of S-400 Triumf anti aircraft missile systems to India, as well as some other documents," a PTI report cited Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov as saying in Russian media.

    S-400 'Triumf' is the most modern air defence system, capable of firing three types of missiles, creating a layered defence, and simultaneously engaging 36 targets. It has the capability to destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km.

    The S-400, an upgraded version of the S-300, had previously only been available to the Russian defence forces. It is manufactured by Almaz-Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007. India is interested in getting five systems these.

    If India signs the deal, it would be the second customer of the prized missile system after China which had struck a $3 billion contract last year.

    Project 11356: Russia also plans to sign an agreement to build Project 11356 frigates for the Indian Navy, says PTI. Project 11356 is a guided missile frigate and has Russian made sensors and weapon systems.

    Earlier this month, Russian media had reported that India is set to acquire three Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates or Project 11356M from Russia, that were originally intended for the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleeet. These frigates are being built at Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad. The reports also said India was considering getting the hulls of these warships to India and complete the construction in India itself.

    These Admiral Grigorovich class frigates are based on Talwar Class frgiates, which were also made by Russia for the Indian Navy during 2003-2013.

    Food irradiation centres: Indian agriculture association Hindustan Agro Co-op Ltd and United Innovation Corp of Russia signed an agreement to set up a network of integrated irradiation centres for food products in India. United Innovation Corp is a subsidiary of state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom.


    For the uninitiated, irradiation is a technology that helps safely preserve food for longer period of time. India incurs a loss of Rs 2.5 lakh crore in food items like fruits, vegetables, meat, cereals, pulses and floriculture due to lack of cold storage facilities or storage constraints, according to a report in IANS. The agreement is an attempt to address this issue.

    The centres will be managed by an India-Russia joint venture (JV) where Hindustan Agro will have the majority 51 percent stakeholding. The irradiation centre at Rahuri in Maharashtra, run by Hindustan Agro farmers cooperative with with the help of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, will be be upgraded under this agreement.

    According to Denis Cherednichenko, CEO, United Innovation, it is a landmark agreement and signals a move beyond the existing Russo-Indian cooperation on building nuclear power plants like Rosatom's Kudankulam project in Tamil Nadu.

    Under the around 25 such integrated infrastructure irradiation centres will be set up in India. Each plant will have grading, processing, packaging, cold storage and export facility. The plan is to set up these plants each with 35,000 tonne to 40,000 tonne capacity per annum in a period of around 5 years.

    Railways boost: Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain has held discussions with the Russian Railways authorities for collaborating on a dedicated high-speed freight corridor, an IANS report said quoting railway officials.:clap2:

    A senior railway official told IANS that the minister held discussions with the Russian officials and also discussed issues like modernisation of existing rail corridors, train traffic and transportation, training and knowledge sharing and rolling stock modernisation.

    The discussions come at a time when the railways minister is taking steps to introduce high-speed trains such Talgo. The government has also secured soft loans for setting up the first bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad as part of Modi's Diamond Qaudrilateral project.

    With inputs from PTI and IANS
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    India, Russia Finalize Framework Agreement For Kudankulam Nuclear Plant: Sources

    India and Russia will sign more than 15 agreements on Saturday during BRICS summit in Goa. The two countries also finalised a general framework agreement and credit protocol for unit 5 and 6 of Kudankulam nuclear plant, Russian sources told PTI.

    Russia and India will also sign a multi-billion dollar deal for S-400 'Triumf' long-range air defence missile systems on Saturday following talks between Putin and Modi, state media in Moscow reported on Thursday. The system has the capability to destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and even drones at ranges of up to 400 km. If India signs the deal, it would be the second customer of the prized missile system after China which had struck a $3 billion (Rs 20,054 crore) contract last year.

    The S-400, an upgraded version of the S-300, had previously only been available to the Russian defence forces. It is manufactured by Almaz-Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007.Asserting that India is delighted to host the

    BRICS Summit in Goa

    Asserting that India is delighted to host the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa followed by a first-ever BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended a warm welcome to all nations participating in the event and said that India looks forward to finding common resolve and solutions.

    Taking to Facebook to post a welcome message for the arriving delegations, the Prime Minister said that he is honoured to receive Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Michel Temer of Brazil for a bilateral visit. India and Russia will sign more than 15 agreements on Saturday during the summit.

    "President Putin's visit will give us an opportunity to consolidate and reaffirm a unique time-tested friendship and partnership with Russia. President Temer's visit will open up new areas for cooperation with Brazil, an important strategic partner," he said.

    He further stated that he looks forward to useful conversations with his fellow leaders from China, South Africa, Brazil and Russia on addressing pressing international and regional challenges that stand in the way of their goals. "As Chair of the BRICS this year, India has embraced a stronger emphasis on promoting people-to-people linkages in diverse fields including trade, sports, education, films, scholarship, and tourism. It is anchored in the belief that our people are pivotal partners in our effort to craft responsive, collective and inclusive solutions," the Prime Minister said.

    Emphasising on the new initiatives that will be launched in Goa during the Summit, Prime Minister Modi expressed his optimism that the BRICS Summit will strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation and advance our common agenda for development, peace, stability and reform. He further said that he is happy that India is facilitating an outreach Summit with the BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sir Lanka and Thailand.

    "Representing nearly two-thirds of humanity together, we hope to tap the potential for cooperation and the dividends this will bring. India looks forward to building bridges to new partnerships and finding common resolve and solutions to our entrenched problems," the Prime Minister said.
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    Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)


    The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an international organisation involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia. These are: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.


    Background
    On 6 June 1997, a new sub-regional grouping was formed in Bangkok and given the name BIST-EC (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand Economic Cooperation). Myanmar attended the inaugural June Meeting as an observer and joined the organisation as a full member at a Special Ministerial Meeting held in Bangkok on 22 December 1997, upon which the name of the grouping was changed to BIMST-EC. Nepal was granted observer status by the second Ministerial Meeting in Dhaka in December 1998. Subsequently, full membership has been granted to Nepal and Bhutan in February 2004.

    In the first Summit on 31 July 2004, leaders of the group agreed that the name of the grouping should be known as BIMSTEC or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation.[1]

    Bimstec Headquarters is situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh and opened by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (13 September 2014)

    The main objective of BIMSTEC is technological and economic cooperation among south Asian and south east Asian countries along the coast of the bay of Bengal . Commerce, investment, technology, tourism, human resource development, agriculture, fisheries, transport and communication, textiles, leather etc. have been included in it .



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    Govt plans to invite Bimstec leaders to Brics summit


    Govt plans to invite leaders of the Bimstec—a select group of Asian nations—for an outreach session at the eighth Brics summit in October in Goa

    New Delhi: India is planning to invite leaders of the Bay of Bengal Initiative—a select group of Asian nations—for an outreach session with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa at the eighth Brics summit in October in Goa.


    The proposal is in the planning stages at the moment but the idea seems to have been vetted at the highest levels of government, two people familiar with the development said.

    Brics brings together Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.


    The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) groups seven nations of South and South-East Asia—Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.


    Formed in 1997, Bimstec aims to promote economic cooperation among South and South-East Asia countries.

    “We think it will be a good platform to boost ties between the BRICS countries and BIMSTEC,” said one of the people quoted above.

    India is not the first nation to host an outreach session of this kind. Brazil invited the leaders of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Equador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela to the sixth Brics summit at Forteleza in July 2014. And last year, Russia invited the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation—a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation founded in 2001—for a session with Brics leaders.

    Brics countries together represent 42% of the world’s population and their combined economic output exceeds $16 trillion. This is the second time that India is hosting a Brics summit, after the fourth in New Delhi in March 2012.

    India assumed the rotating chairmanship of Brics from Russia on 15 February and will hold the position till 31 December 2016.

    In May, Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj unveiled the official logo of the Brics summit—a lotus in the national colours of the five member-countries that also incorporates the traditional Indian welcome gesture of “Namaste” in the innermost whorls of the flower.

    She said the summit will focus on building “responsive, inclusive and collective solutions for the grouping.”

    “We will adopt a five-pronged approach during our chairmanship. It will comprise institution building, implementation, integration, innovation, and continuity with consolidation,” Swaraj said.

    India’s emphasis would be on institution-building and implementation of commitments made at previous summits, besides exploring synergies among the various existing and established framework mechanisms of Brics, she said.

    Brics as a grouping has been pushing for greater economic growth among the member countries and reform of global financial institutions.

    It has set up the New Development Bank with headquarters in Shanghai, with India’s K.V. Kamath as its chief.

    “We have planned a series of events, including the BRICS Under-17 football tournament, BRICS film festival, BRICS wellness forum, BRICS youth forum, young diplomats forum, BRICS trade fair, BRICS friendship cities conclave besides a think tank and academic forums,” said Swaraj.

    “This will give people a greater opportunity to enrich the BRICS process. It would also be an occasion for our BRICS partners to visit different cities and states of India,” she added.

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    The alphabet soup at Goa

    As Indian foreign policy looks westwards, the BRICS summit offers India an opportunity to calibrate its outreach to multiple powers.
    This weekend will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his foreign policy team undertake a complex and significant manoeuvre.
    This comes at a time when relations with Pakistan have discovered a new trough, the SAARC grouping is gasping for breath, the Chinese continue to demonstrate obstinate determination to hurt, harm and impede India on multiple fronts and the relationship with Russia is in dire need of resuscitation.

    The annual BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Goa on October 15-16 is undeniably the main course but hidden in the main course is a set of ingredients with an independent chemistry, the IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa), along with the plat d'accompagnement, BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), that has as much potential as the main course.


    South Block will need to use this opportunity to respond to the current realities in India’s north and west, even as it consolidates India’s diplomatic push east and south, while opening new avenues for engaging its western partners in innovative ways.

    The American factor
    Even a cursory reading of India’s foreign policy under Mr. Modi reveals an unmistakable shift of its locus westward. A concrete manifestation of this shift is the vigorous engagement with the U.S. on defence, counterterrorism, as well on global-commons issues such as climate change. Both countries find themselves now (more often than not) speaking in the same voice, articulating the same objectives, and confronting similar challenges, be it the rise of Islamist terror or Chinese ambivalence towards a rules-based order.

    Arguably and beyond the ‘values’ discourse, this deep engagement with the geographical west is a lynchpin of the Indian strategy towards being a putative great power seeking to shape international norms in the 21st century. Even so, it cannot and should not disengage with other powers such as China and Russia, howsoever different their value systems may appear today. They are in one instance a large neighbour with historical antipathy, and in the other India’s only resort to strategic arsenals and high technology pursuits.

    There is also genuine convergence in certain areas — such as non-interventionism and on political-economy issues, between India and China and India and Russia. In the case of China, the tyranny of bilateral disputes (mostly on the strategic side) has prevented both countries from exploring much common ground. And with Russia, the U.S.-India entente is being understood by Moscow as a substantial shift in the intent of India towards the bilateral relationship. In fact, there seems to have been a serious underestimation in both capitals of the drift in the India-Russia relationship. Perhaps the Uri terror attack was an important moment for both to realise that extent.

    This is where BRICS comes in. Through the presence of two other actors, Brazil and South Africa, not party to complicated triangular geopolitical dynamics, India in BRICS seeks to downplay its bilateral disputes with China and engage with it on issues where there is space for beneficial cooperation. The China relationship today is heading south, and with effort, it may at best become a well-managed one. With Russia on the other had, India needs to use this summit meet and the BRICS engagement to reclaim its traditional space and reassure the Kremlin that Moscow is India’s foremost global partner.

    The decision to invite BIMSTEC countries, in place of SAARC, to the BRICS summit is clearly a decision that relocates India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy to its east. With this decision, Mr. Modi seeks to bring his neighbourhood policy, India’s ‘act east’ policy, and its global governance goals, engaged with through the BRICS, in sync with each other. Brazil, Russia and South Africa have very limited in-roads into the Bay of Bengal littorals and may discover merit in engaging with this community. By playing the role of a ‘sincere interlocutor’ between BRICS and BIMSTEC, India stands to gain influence in both (despite China’s growing presence) as a benign transcontinental bridge.

    The IBSA potential
    This BRICS summit will also be an occasion for the three democracies in that grouping to meet on the sidelines and plot their future course. IBSA is in many ways more organic than BRICS. Beyond the shared commitment to democracy, the three countries are truly southern and developing economies and have the potential to emerge as a marquee example of south-south cooperation of emerging liberal economies across three continents. Without the presence of two military/economic behemoths, IBSA is a grouping of equals, more than BRICS can ever be. However, IBSA, it seems, struggles to excite either South Africa or Brazil, who feel sated in the presence of China and Russia at the BRICS.

    This can be changed. Going forward, IBSA should engage with both the U.S. and one European power, like Germany, to promote a true concert of democracies across each continent, bringing advanced economies alongside emerging ones. At a time when illiberal impulses are in ascendancy, IBSA in tandem with the U.S. and the sole resurgent European power, Germany, can emerge as strong defenders of the rules-based open order across political and economic spaces.

    Brazil and South Africa have had differences with China in the past over Beijing’s heavy-handed economic policies. Brazil, under its new president Michel Temer, wants to pivot back to its traditional economic partners, the U.S. in particular. This bodes well for IBSA to emerge as a liberal bridge between the north and the south. Put differently, the antidote to the common (if somewhat misplaced) perception of BRICS as a pawn in the grand strategy of China and Russia lies within BRICS itself, the IBSA. Along with BIMSTEC, IBSA points to the multiple collateral possibilities at Goa, and to a new moment that may see recalibration of Indian foreign policy.

    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/brics-summit-the-alphabet-soup-at-goa/article9212066.ece
     
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    Anybody thinks eleven jinping will again come with troops in the border?

    I don't think this will happen now.
     
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    BRICS: India to continue diplomatic offensive on terror issue
    India is expected to continue with its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan on the issue of terrorism originating from there when it plays host to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and leaders of Brazil and South Africa at the Summit of five-nation BRICS grouping here on Sunday.

    Even preceding the BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to raise these issues with Putin and Xi on Saturday when a series of bilateral meetings are slated at the seaside venue.

    With the Summits taking place within weeks of Uri terror strike by Pak-based terrorists, India will be forceful in its demand at BRICS Summit, which will also have a BIMSTEC outreach meet, for intensified efforts to tackle terrorism including action against countries providing safe havens to terrorists and arming them.

    India has made strong references both at UNGA as well as G-20 regarding Pakistan's continued support to cross-border terrorism.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, without naming Pakistan at G-20, had said that "one single nation in South Asia" is spreading "agents of terror" in the region and it must be isolated while External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the UNGA had said confessions of captured terrorists involved in terror strikes in India including in Uri "is a living proof of Pakistan's complicity in cross-border terror".

    Apart from the heads of governments of BRICS to attend the Summit on October 16, Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) will be here to participate in the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach meet.

    New Delhi will also make all out efforts to revive Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) when Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) attend the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach meet.

    This also assumes significance given the collapse of recent SAARC Summit after four countries apart from India pulled out of the meet to be hosted by Pakistan over the issue of cross-border terrorism, maintaining that environment was not conducive to hold such an event.

    Indian officials have made it clear that India's effort would be to have strong language in the BRICS outcome document on terrorism including how to deal with countries that provide sanctuaries, safe havens and finances.


    "Terrorism is a global problem. It cannot be tackled individually and has to be tackled collectively. We cannot have a differential policy towards terrorism. There is no good terrorist or bad terrorist. So, these are the issues on which there will reiteration of national positions," Secretary (Economic Relations) in External Affairs Ministry Amar Sinha had said.

    During the meeting of NSAs of BRICS grouping, India had strongly pitched that action should not only be taken against sources of finances but also sources from where terrorists get arms and ammunition.

    Three MoUs including those on cooperation in the area of environment and customs have been agreed upon by the BRICS countries, Sinha had said, adding the pact pertaining to customs will help in breaking the trade barriers between these countries.

    The other key issues to be taken up during these significant diplomatic outreach events include cooperation in areas of economy, tourism, connectivity, cultural, education and sports.

    The main BRICS Summit on October 16 will begin with a photo opportunity followed by restricted talks between the leaders and later a meeting of business captains from the member-countries. In the second half, after the speech of the leaders, there will be BRICS and BIMSTEC retreat.

    Security situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Sudan is also expected to be discussed when the BRICS leaders take up important regional and international issues.
    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/575744/brics-india-continue-diplomatic-offensive.html
     
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    Brics summit in Goa: After isolating Pakistan, India must call China’s bluff

    Srinivasa Prasad Updated: Oct 13, 2016 12:21 IST

    http://www.firstpost.com/india/bric...tan-india-must-call-chinas-bluff-3049166.html

    Having isolated Pakistan in the international community reasonably effectively, India will come face to face with China, Pakistan’s mentor and accomplice, at the two-day Brics summit in Goa this weekend. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to at least politely confront Chinese President Xi Jinping over China’s own duplicitous role in the India-Pakistan tension.

    Modi must refuse to succumb to the latest carrot that China has dangled before India: that it is “willing” to continue the talks on India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). This means nothing, unless China makes a substantial promise with a modicum of honesty, but honesty has never been a virtue of Chinese foreign policy.

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    Besides Modi and President Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Michel Temer and South African President Jacob Zuma will attend the 15-16 October Brics summit.

    It would be naive to pretend that Uri will not cast a dark shadow over the five-nation summit of Brics and the “retreat” of the seven-nation Bimstec that will follow it in Goa. Modi couldn’t have hoped for a better venue to continue his diplomatic offensive against Pakistan. The leaders descending on Goa together represent nearly half the world’s population and a quarter of the world’s GDP.

    Formed in 2009, Bric, as it was first called, consisted of Brazil, Russia, India and China. With the entry of South Africa the next year, it became Brics. The eighth summit in Goa will be the second that India is hosting after the one in 2012 in New Delhi.



    Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

    But it’s China that India is most wary of.

    India has been a victim of Chinese foreign policy, always marked by intricate trickery, confounding mystery, devious mischief and diabolical doublespeak—all with an element of nasty surprise. China’s incursions into Indian territory, its recent pointless talk about stopping the Brahmaputra water, its continued resistance to India’s entry into the NSG and its refusal to back India’s move for a UN ban on Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar have, among other things, surprised and upset India.

    India must say enough is enough, but cautiously, because trade is irrevocably linked to the hypocritical bilateral relations that the two countries have.

    And when he meets President Putin, Modi must also express India’s concern over its old friend Russia increasingly warming up to Pakistan. Brics is primarily an economic grouping and so the agenda of its summit is dominated by business. But the indications are that India will insist that the “Goa declaration” that will come at the summit’s end must include a categorical condemnation of cross-border terrorism.

    Whatever will be the final contents of this declaration, Modi will have enough opportunity to do some plain-speaking about Pakistan during his one-on-one meetings with the various Presidents and Prime Ministers on the sidelines of the two events.

    Clearly, it’s Modi’s meeting with President Xi that will be most watched.

    China’s biggest problem—though it’s not any of India’s business what problems China has in the region—is that it is caught between its geopolitical interest in Pakistan and its desperate dependence on the Indian market for its exports. In trying to balance between the two, the Chinese are cutting themselves sorry figures in the eyes of international community. On its part, India has a lot to suffer from China’s military backing for Pakistan, and yet the country badly needs Chinese imports and investments.

    Look at this Chinese duplicity, a clumsy effort to fool India:

    On 15 September, China set up a so-called China-India Business Council (CIBC) to “promote and coordinate” Chinese investments in and business with India with an office at Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. This was in response to India’s demand that China must promote investments in view of India’s growing trade deficit with that country.

    Three days after this came Pakistan’s perpetration of horror at Uri. China made some tentative noises by telling both India and Pakistan to have a dialogue and “de-escalate” tension. But in the days that followed, China sent out two strong messages to remind India who its real friend is.


    One was China’s announcement that it was building a “huge” dam on the Xiabuqu tributary of the Brahmaputra. The idea of building that damned dam is not new. Nor is the amount of water that it can possibly divert from flowing into India and Bangladesh significant. But it was China’s way of making a retaliatory noise against India’s move to review the Indus Waters Treaty that threatens to reduce water flows into Pakistan.

    The other, stronger, message from China came when it once again blocked India’s move at the United Nations to ban Masood Azhar, the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist, who roams freely in Pakistan.

    And then came a joke as Brics summit neared. China said that the dam on Brahmaputra would do no harm to India and that the question of Masood Azhar was an open one.


    And China, of course, continues to be unrelenting in its opposition to India’s entry into the NSG and is going full steam ahead with the $-50-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through Pakistan.

    So it’s CPEC for Pakistan and CIBC for India. And Masood Azhar can plan his terror attacks on India at will.


    The Chinese leaders have been probably congratulating themselves on how smart they are with their carrot-and-sticks policy for India. The fact that the world in general and India in particular sees through their chicanery hasn’t stopped them from pursuing the game. Each carrot that China continues to dangle in India’s face is accompanied by ten sticks.

    But now, even the Chinese are finding that things are changing a little. They are increasingly becoming aware that the bursting of its economic bubble has led to a significant reduction in their clout — and that the world is getting more and more wary of its dishonesty.

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    Thats right..CPEC is a propaganda to give excuse of terrorism as a pakistan tool against India.
     
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    Anyone who maintains friendly relations with Pakistan is demented.
     
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    I think this time our forces must cross loac.
    And welcome the pingping
     
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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...medha-patkar/article9218498.ece?homepage=true

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    http://www.centralchronicle.com/bri...emony-of-imperialist-states-medha-patkar.html

    BRICS failed to challenge hegemony of imperialist states : Medha Patkar

    Agencies, Panaji

    Noted activist Medha Patkar has said that BRICS has failed to challenge the hegemony of imperialist states.

    Speaking at the two-day long People’s Forum on BRICS here yesterday, Patkar accused that in all those countries, private corporations were increasingly taking control of democratic institutions and overriding people’s participation in crucial decision-making processes.

    ”BRICS has done little to advance social justice and equity in these countries,” she said and reminded that India, despite being the largest democracy in the world, was also a sight where the poorest and the most marginalised people were continuing their struggle for social justice, dignity and identity.

    People have been kept outside of the decisions that are taken on their behalf for their development,” she accused.

    She accused BRICS of turning into a Free Market Ploy that served the interest of big capital..................

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    ^^

    First of all they called Medha Patkar there. Someone must be out of their mind, for sure.

    And how many communist countries take "people" in consideration when they talk about development and take some decisions ...........!

    Second, did she said..............BRICS failed to impose its hegemony as imperialist states..............!........?
     
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    Trade? We have a trade deficit with China amounting to a whopping $40 billion! They're dumping garbage in our markets and earning the moolah at our expense. We need to identify these useless imports and shut them out.

    And the Chinese are laughing all the way to the bank, cocking a snook at us! It seems the Chinks are smarter though we are the land of Kauṭilya!
     
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    At Goa, India Will Try To Rally BRICS Against Terror, Pakistan: 10 Points
    Here are the top 10 developments in this story:
    1. The gathering of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) gives PM Narendra Modi an opportunity to highlight the threat from Pakistani terrorists, who, last month, attacked an army camp in Uri in Kashmir. 19 soldiers were killed. New Delhi's response included a strategy to diplomatically isolate Islamabad and surgical strikes across the Line of Control.
    2. PM Modi, who arrived in Goa last night, said he was optimistic that the BRICS "will advance common agenda for peace, stability". He will hold two key meetings today. With Russian President Vladimir Putin his talks will include the signing of a number of agreements including on defence and the Kudankulam nuclear project. Later he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    3. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and top Indian diplomats will push for a consensus on a strongly worded "counterterrorism" statement and a declaration that will highlight "isolating countries that provide shelter to terror groups and help in arming these groups".
    4. Sources say China is open to a strong statement however President Jinping is unlikely to have much interest in casting Beijing's alliance with Pakistan into doubt.
    5. But what does concern China is how the terrorism within Pakistan threatens its plans to build a $46 billion trade corridor that runs through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea.
    6. After the Uri attack, India quickly won expressions of support from the West and from Russia.
    7. The Goa gathering of BRICS will also feature an outreach session to countries from the Bay of Bengal region that could emerge as an alternative focus of regional cooperation.
    8. China has also yet to yield on blocking India's long-held ambition of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a club of nuclear-trading nations, and experts say Delhi is unlikely to make much progress in Goa on managing a breakthrough.
    9. Adding to the tension with Delhi, China has rebuffed India's calls for the United Nations to designate Masood Azhar, leader of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed group, as a terrorist. China recently extended a so-called "technical hold" on the designation by a further three months.
    10. BRICS was formed in 2011 with the aim of using its growing economic and political influence to challenge Western hegemony. The nations, with a joint estimated GDP of $16 trillion, set up their own bank in parallel to the Washington-based International Monetary Fund and World Bank and hold summits rivalling the G7 forum.
     
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    Unprecedented security in Goa for BRICS Summit


    PANAJI: Ahead of the BRICS summit, Goa's beaches have been turned into fortresses while strong police presence is kept on all the main highways and lanes leading to the venue of the event, to be attended by heads of various nations.

    The summit begins on Saturday in Benaulim village of South Goa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also take part in the event.

    The state police have imposed severe restrictions on the movement of traffic along the roads near the Dambolim airport and on the way leading to the main venue.

    While the Coast Guard has maintained aerial and seaward surveillance in the Arabian Sea, Marine police personnel are deployed in the rivers of the state.

    Several police personnel have been posted on the beaches. The temporary bunkers and tents have been erected on the beaches and at several stretches, the movement of people is restricted.

    "Without going into details of the security arrangements, I would like to mention that seven companies of para military forces will be assisting Goa police to manage law and order along with the police force from Maharashtra and Karnataka," Manoj Kumar Sahoo, said on Friday.

    He said the anti-sabotage checks are conducted at all the venues.

    "Goa police which is gearing up for this event have already taken lessons from Delhi police who have the experience of holding such summit in the past. A team of Goa police trained for over a month with Delhi police to handle detailing of the law and order during the event," Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta said.

    The aircraft carrying heads of state would be landing at INS Hansa, a naval base near Dabolim airport, and from there they would go to the venue by road.
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    One among the issue to be discussed not only terrorism is about BRICS summit. let us not mislead peopleAGR india

    The Dabolim airport will not be used by the heads of state and the delegates, Airport director B C H Negi.

    The Goa government has already banned fishing and water sports activity till October 18. Flying has also been banned in the areas around the venue.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...Goa-for-BRICS-Summit/articleshow/54857771.cms
     
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    PM Modi welcomes President Putin to India for BRICS summit, tweets in Russian

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Saturday to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin who will be meeting Modi in Goa later in the day for bilateral talks. The two countries are expected to sign important deals during the meeting covering areas of defence and nuclear energy on the sidelines of the 8th BRICS Summit. “India welcomes you, President Putin! Wishing you a fruitful India visit. @KremlinRussia_E” tweeted PM Modi. News agency ANI reported that Putin’s flight had been delayed due to fog cover.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/in...n-brics-summit-bilateral-meeting-goa-3083615/
     
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    Exclusive: Arm-twisting by China leads to cancellation of BRICS fair trade session

    China is back to its arm twisting game and this time it started with the BRICS Trade Fair in the national capital. Just a day after the ministerial session of BRICS Trade Fair where China's Vice Minister of Ministry of Commerce was present, China called off its key trade session.

    Sources have told India Today that it was a last minute call taken by China officials to cancel 'the country seminar' which was scheduled for 10:15 am at Hall no. 8, Pragiti Maidan, the venue of BRICS trade seminar. It's the first time that any participant country has called off a session which is meant to promote business interests of its own leaders.

    "China conveyed to us that it had to pull out its officials for another urgent meeting. Hence, they cancelled the country seminar," claimed a senior organiser at the BRICS Trade Fair. But sources have told India Today that the real reason behind the sudden pullout is Beijing's pressure tactic to show its clout.



    "China is pushing for Free Trade Area in the BRICS nation. It wants free access to markets specially in India for its goods but India is not willing to cede the ground. So there is bound to be some tough positioning," revealed an official on the condition of anonymity.

    China wants removal of the trade barriers between BRICS nations, which hasn't found much support in India. China cancelling its trade session in Delhi ahead of world leaders meet at BRICS summit in Goa is exposing the under current in India-China relationship. But will China risk the $70 billion trade at a time when its own economy is seeing a slowdown remains to be seen.:rofl:



    The latest dare from the dragon comes after a series of standoffs from China. From blocking India's NSG bid to using its veto power in the UN to prevent Jaish Chief Masood Azhar from being designated as a terrorist, India's patience is surely running out.
    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/beijing-brics-cancels-trade-session/1/787028.html
     
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    'Para military forces'? Doesn't this Sahoo fellow know that only the Assam Rifles and the SFF (Special Frontier Force) are Para military forces? All the rest are CAPFs or Central Armed Police Forces like the BSF, CRPF, ITBP and so on. With effect from March 2011, the Ministry of Home Affairs has adopted a uniform nomenclature of Central Armed Police Forces for five forces namely CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, and SSB to avoid confusion.

    OR are the Assam Rifles and the SFF being roped in for security for the BRICS summit in Goa? Most unlikely.
     
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    News channels say that ITBP K9 teams is also in position to provide security.
    Journos!!! :facepalm:
     
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