Xi Jinping to meet Manmohan Singh on sidelines of BRICS summit
Beijing: Set to get elected next week as China's new president, Xi Jinping will hold his first bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of BRICS summit to be held later this month in South Africa.
Xi will attend the fifth summit of BRICS at Durban which will give impetus to strengthening partnership among the five countries improving the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) mechanism to boost cooperation among the five member bloc, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told a press conference here today.
Xi, who was elected as general secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and military chief in November last, is due to succeed Hu Jintao next week at the end of China's parliament session.
His meeting in Durban with Singh is expected to provide the first direct platform for talks between the China's new leaders with Indian leadership.
Following his aerial survey of rain-ravaged areas in Uttarkhand, where flash floods have claimed over a hundred lives, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a Rs. 1000 crore relief package for the State.
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