BRICS Summit: PM to meet Xi Jinping

Durban, Mar 27 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the ongoing Fifth BRICS Summit at Durban city in South Africa on Wednesday.

This will be Singh's first bilateral meeting with the new Chinese President.

"I will also take the opportunity of my visit to hold substantive bilateral meetings with other BRICS leaders. I look forward to meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping," said Singh in a statement prior to his departure for South Africa on Monday.

"It will be an opportunity for me not only to greet the new Chinese President personally, but also to discuss how we can maintain the positive trajectory of our relationship and further strengthen this very important bilateral relationship," he said.

China's parliament on Mar 14 formally elected Xi Jinping as the country's new President and head of the military.

Xi Jinping was elected during the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC).

59-year-old Xi Jinping, who is the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, was also appointed as the head of the Central Military Commission.

--IBNS (Posted on 27-03-2013)

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