Speculation about a Modi-Xi meeting has grown following a series of high-level contacts between India and China in recent weeks. Both National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and external affairs minister S Jaishankar have met top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi, who is currently the foreign minister, on the margins of multilateral gatherings in recent weeks.
The joint statement issued after the latest meeting between Indian and Chinese military commanders on the standoff on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has also fuelled speculation about a Modi-Xi meeting in Johannesburg. The statement, issued after the talks held during August 13-14, had described the discussions as positive and constructive.
There is rampant speculation the BRICS countries are preparing to announce the creation of a gold-backed currency unit. I’m still at a loss as to how that will work. The five members are hardly bosom buddies and any monetary co-operation is more likely to involve greater use of the Renminbi in trade with China. I do expect a memorandum of understanding to be signed amid plenty of photo ops. Six months from now there will be little evidence of progress.Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top