Indian PM Narendra Modi reportedly had “very productive” talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday during the sidelines of the annual 2018 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For the third time in last three months, the Indian Prime Minister and the Chinese President met with each other and this time, the meeting was held in Africa as both leaders visited to attend the 10th BRICS Summit. The first meeting after Doklam standoff between India and China was held in Wuhan in late April when the two leaders met for two days. The second meeting was on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, China in June; and now at BRICS.

Reportedly, Modi and Xi had a “very productive” meeting during which, the emphasised on discussions about need to maintain the “momentum generated by their recent meetings and provide proper instructions to their militaries” and maintain peace at the shared Indo-Chinese border. To make the “talks”, a reality, Modi is also looking forward to send Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to China to China once again and discuss on special representative level to resolve territorial concerns between both countries – once and for all.

Besides Xi, PM Modi also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Africa and again had “wide ranging and productive talks”. It was also expressed how India’s friendship with Russia is deep-rooted and our countries will continue working together in multiple sectors. The 2018 BRICS Summit has ultimately proved to be verbally fruitful for India and other four BRICS nations, it is to see how much comes out of the paper and those meetings in real life.