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India Still Committed to BRICS Amid Tensions With China – Ambassador to Russia

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India’s commitment to the BRICS association has not changed despite border tensions with China, Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran told Sputnik on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — India is still adherent to the BRICS association of five emerging economies despite border tensions with China, Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"We are committed to the BRICS grouping, to the BRICS process … And so far as the relations of India and China are concerned, all I can say is that our foreign ministry has issued a statement a few days ago. And that statement reflects our position but our commitment to the BRICS process remains unchanged," Saran said.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) gestures while talking with China's President Xi Jingping during the BRICS leaders' meeting with the BRICS Business Council at the Taj Exotica hotel in Goa on October 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
Modi to Visit China for BRICS Summit Amid Uncertainty of Doklam Pact
New Delhi and Beijing have been locked in a border standoff since mid-June. The confrontation began after Indian troops blocked Chinese road construction in the disputed area of Doklam (Donglang) near the Sikkim state, where New Delhi supports Bhutan’s territorial claims. Both China and India are BRICS members.

On Monday, China and India agreed on the accelerated withdrawal of troops from Doklam.

The BRICS acronym stands for the names of five large developing economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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