Modi, Xi Meet🤝 at BRICS, Third Informal Summit in 🇨🇳China Next Year: 'New Direction, New Energy'

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brasilia on Wednesday, said there has been a "new direction and new energy" in bilateral ties after their second informal summit in Mahabalipuram. Xi has invited Modi for their third informal summit next year.

The two leaders agreed that the new 'high-level mechanism on trade and economy', decided at the Mahabalipuram summit, should meet at an early date. This was one of the key outcomes of the second informal summit last month.

They also noted that the special representatives will hold another meeting on issues related to the boundary question and reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and security in the border areas. A meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, which was expected to take place in September, was deferred.

Meanwhile, Russia plans to deliver S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to India on schedule, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

India said it needed the weapons to bolster its defences against China.

"As far as the S-400 deliveries are concerned, everything is going according to plan. Our Indian colleagues have not asked to speed anything up, it's all going fine," Putin told reporters at a summit of BRICS countries in Brazil.

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