The platform of the three major BRICSpowers is aimed at facilitating common position on key global challenges -- radical ideas, terror threats, Afghanistan and West Asia. India is eyeing a strong commitment from the RIC states against terror groups active in South Asia similar to the formulation in the last BRICS Summit.
The RIC meet after BRICS will be yet another forum for India to interact with China on a way forward in bilateral relations in the post-Doklam era and serious differences over connectivity initiatives primarily OBOR. The Sino-Pak nexus that safeguards key anti-India terror masterminds is also key irritant in Sino-Indian ties.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, who will be first minister from Beijing to visit India after the Doklam episode, will discuss all major issues in their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of RIC with an eye to take forward bilateral ties through confidence building measures (CBM).
The Chinese foreign minister's visit for RIC will be followed by Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi's possible trip to Delhi in the third week of December for boundary talks with Indian NSA and Special Representative.