China has backed India to host the Brics summit this year saying it is willing to work with India and other member states to strengthen cooperation. Beijing has thrown another crumb: Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit India in the second half of the year for the summit if the Covid situation improves. Notably, the Chinese overtures come as Indian and Chinese troops have completed their disengagement at the Pangong Tso area and are working on the remaining friction points. It looks now as if having heightened border tensions over the last nine months, resulting in an intense LAC standoff and deaths of soldiers on both sides, Beijing is now looking for a thaw.

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