Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by the Indian diaspora in Xiamen, China ahead of the ninth BRICS Summit that concluded yesterday. He addressed the Indian diaspora at Wyndham Hotel with hopes of strengthening and promoting bilateral relations.
Modi was extremely ‘conscious’ and made sure to address the Indian diaspora in China before the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit commenced. Previously, in June, he addressed the Indian diaspora in the United States of America (US) during his visit there. In his speech, Modi said that he sees immense energy and potential in the Indian community that is based in the US. “I can see that every Indian wants to contribute towards India’s development. India is progressing at a record pace today,” stated the PM.
Modi aimed at improving India’s relation to these five countries with productive discussions that resulted in positive outcomes. He wrote on social media, “I will visit Xiamen, China for the 9th BRICS Summit from 3-5 September 2017. India had the privilege of hosting the previous Summit in Goa in October last year. I look forward to building upon the results and outcomes of the Goa Summit.”
Indians in China
A member of the Indian diaspora in Xiamen exclaimed, “We are really excited to meet him. He is a PM who made India popular in the whole world,” while another stated, “It was considerate of him to address the Indians in China and talk about their issues.”
Banshika Soyus, an Indian in China states, “The BRICS Summit is about everything important with relation to improving multilateral and bilateral relations. It was needed that the Indian diaspora in China was addressed prior to this given the recent stand-off between India and China and the strained relations. Safety is a concern and we (India and China) need to address this for the sake of both the Indians and the people of China, as commoners like us are not to pay the price for political power games. Saying that, I really hope that this was more than a diplomatic meet and greet and one that actually translates into something useful that concerns us.”