Chinese Foreign Minister to visit India in October

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New Delhi, Sept 30 (ANI): Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will visit India next month to attend the trilateral Russia-India-China (RIC) meeting in Bangalore.

Jiechi will be joined by his Indian and Russian counterparts S M Krishna and Sergei Lavrov.

Jeichi is visiting India at a time when the media is widely speculating about brewing tensions between the two Asian giants over recent Chinese incursions in Ladakh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.

Rising tensions were evident recently when China tried to block an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan to Arunachal Pradesh and also created hurdles in proscribing the Jaish-e-Mohammad at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Sources told ANI that bilateral issues are not likely to be taken up as Jiechi will be attending a trilateral meeting.

The RIC has a trilateral agenda in which the three emerging economies of the world would outline their common goals and objectives. All eyes will be on the troika as they thrash out formulae and zero in on their stands on key issues.

This will be the second standalone meeting of RIC Foreign Ministers. The last meeting was held in May 2008 in Yeketerinbergh.

Jiechi is also expected to meet Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Climate change is expected to receive their attention in view of the upcoming summit in Copenhagen, Denmark in December.

India and China are under immense international pressure to accept emission cuts, but New Delhi and Beijing have refused to cut limits.

Both countries are seeking monetary assistance and climate change-friendly technology, and hold the West accountable for most of the damage caused to the environment.

The three countries house nearly 40 percent of the world population and have been urging the world to reform international financial institutions and called for an equitable world order.

Although the G-20 where all three countries are members, has decided to shift five percent vote share of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to emerging economies, but these countries have asked for more representation. By Naveen Kapoor (ANI)

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