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China hints at Modi-Xi bilateral meet 

Beijing, Aug 31 (IANS) China on Thursday hinted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are likely to meet on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit next week.

Asked if the two leaders will meet, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: “During multilateral meetings, arranging bilateral meetings is practice. If time allows, China will make proper arrangements.”

A Modi-Xi meeting, if it happens, will follow the resolution of the over two-month military stand-off border row which had plunged ties between the two countries to a new low.

The annual Summit of the BRICS begins at the Chinese city Xiamen on September 3.

This will be their third meeting between Modi and Xi this year.

Their last bilateral meet was during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet at Astana in June. They met informally at G20 in Germany the following month amid the border crisis.

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