Anti-China protests have erupted in New Delhi as heads of state and senior ministers of the top five emerging nations gather for their annual summit.

Tibetan protesters clashed with police outside the New Delhi conference hall as delegates to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, including Chinese President Hu Jintao, gathered to discuss their economic pact.

The leaders were attending the fourth summit meeting. The focus this year is on global governance and sustainable development.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Hu of China, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are at the summit.

But it was overshadowed by the self-immolation of the Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi who burnt himself to death in protest against the participation of Hu because of China's submission of Tibet. Protests have been continuing as delegates talk.

India is home to 100,000 Tibetan people who are living in exile.

Tibetan exile dragged away by police from outside New Delhi venue of fourth summit of emerging nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.Reuters
Police corner a protesterReuters
A Tibetan exile is manhandled into a police vanReuters
Anti-China protests erupt in New Delhi as Chinese president Hu Jintao joined speakers on the platformReuters
(From L-R) Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao and South African President Jacob Zuma join their hands together during a group photo for the BRICS Summit in New Delhi March 29, 2012.Reuters
Inside the conference centre, it was a different story. Senior ministers from the five BRICS nations join hands at the opening of the summit in New DelhiReuters
Leaders pose with dancers at the presidential palace in New DelhiReuters
China's President Hu Jintao is at the centre of unwelcome attention as much of the focus has been on China's presence in Tibet rather than the economies of the emerging nationsReuters
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is greeted by his Indian counterpart Pratibha Patil at the presidential palace in New DelhiReuters
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo wave to crowds at New Delhi airportReuters