Krishna to attend RIC meet in China

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna would be visiting China later this month to take part in the meeting of foreign ministers from Russia, India and China (RIC), where strategic and other issues will be discussed.

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2010, 22:23 PM IST

Beijing: External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna would be visiting China later this month to take part
in the meeting of foreign ministers from Russia, India and
China (RIC), where strategic and other issues will be
discussed.

The 10th Foreign Ministers` meeting among China,
Russia and India will be held in Wuhan, the capital city of
central China`s Hubei Province, from November 14 to 15,
Chinese Foreign Ministry announced here today.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Indian
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will attend the meeting
at the invitation of their Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi,
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

Indian officials here said that Krishna would have
bilateral meetings with both Yang and Lavrov.

The RIC, which was formed with lot of fanfare, is now
overshadowed by the Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) -- the
latter emerged as an influential international grouping as it
consisted some of the fastest developing economies.

The issues relating to the RIC and BRIC groupings
figured in the talks between Chinese President Hu Jintao and
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the Russian leader`s
visit here in September.

After their meeting, Chinese officials said that RIC
grouping would continue to strengthen dialogue among China,
Russia and India and would make joint efforts to create sound
environment both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

Besides the strategic issues, RIC focussed on issues
relating to disaster relief, agriculture and public health,
deepening communication among academic, industrial and
business circles as well as promote multi-lateral cooperation
and democratic international relations, they said.

The last meeting of the RIC foreign ministers was held
in Bangalore in October 2009 during which the 3 countries
discussed a host of issues, including issues relating to
terrorism, climate change and reducing the impact of global
recession.

PTI