Hamburg: Amid Sikkim standoff, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping greeted each other and exchanged words of praise at the informal meet of the BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - in Germany's Hamburg where the two-day G20 summit is being held.
While host German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the leaders to open the 12th G20 summit , a separate meeting of BRICS leaders took place on the sidelines.
Chinese President Xi Jinping appreciated India's strong resolve against terrorism and momentum in BRICS, introduced under India's Chairmanship.
Modi on the other, promised full cooperation and said, "There has been positive momentum in BRICS under chairmanship of President Xi Jinping, best wishes to him for upcoming BRICS Summit".
PM urged leaders from the BRICS nations to show leadership in fighting terrorism and boosting global economy even as he asked the G20 nations to collectively crackdown on terror financing, safe havens, "support and sponsors" of terrorism.
Modi emphasised that it was necessary to work together for sustained global economic
recovery. He also referred to the reforms carried out by his government, including implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Besides, he advocated a collective voice against the practice of protectionism, especially in the spheres of trade and movement of knowledge and professionals.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for past 19 days after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road.
Earlier, China had 'cancelled' a sideline bilateral meet between Xi and Modi saying that 'the atmosphere was not right', referring to tension stemming from the stand-off.
However, India had responded by saying “But we did not ask for any meeting, so where is the question of atmosphere being conducive or not.”