PM Modi Meets Xi Jinping: The G20 summit held in Bali, Indonesia, gave an opportunity to melt the ice of border tension that had been frozen for the last 20 months in the relations between India and China. India’s PM Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping met and talked at the dinner table organized during the G20 summit.
At the end of the dinner, President Xi Jinping arrives to meet the host of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo. During this, PM Narendra Modi, sitting close to Widodo, also got up and not only had a handshake with President Xi Jinping but also had a brief conversation. During this, Peng Liuyan, wife of President Xi Jinping, was also present. Not only this, where both the leaders met first in this dinner meeting, later India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra also reached.
Courtesy meeting only?
According to sources in the Indian camp, it was just a courtesy meeting. So in this only the topic of common courtesy was talked about. Although the pictures tell that both the leaders kept talking for about three-four minutes and there was a lot of ease in the body language of both of them.
Both leaders met after two years
This was President Xi Jinping’s first foreign trip after starting his third term in China. Also, after 24 months of the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders, this was the first meeting which was captured in cameras. Earlier, Modi and Jinping were also together in Samarkand in September 2022. But there was no picture of any meeting or conversation between them. Prior to Bali, the two leaders met in a face-to-face meeting in November 2019 for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brasilia.
However, after that the border tensions of first Corona and then Eastern Ladakh closed the paths of direct communication between the two leaders. Not only this, the Galvan Valley conflict between India and China in June 2020 and the death of 20 Indian soldiers in it, even after talks, blurred the true prospects.
Both the leaders met these leaders
By the way, this is not the first time that an attempt has been made to start the exercise of dialogue amid border tensions during the G20 meeting. Earlier in 2017, the two leaders had met during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in July 2017 following the Doklam border tension. Not only this, after this meeting, in April 2018, the process of informal meetings between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping progressed first in Wuhan and then in Mahabalipuram.
Can the links of informal dialogue connect?
Since the informal meeting of Mahabalipuram in the year 2019, this process between the two countries has also been stalled for almost three years. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see whether these links of informal summit dialogue will be added after the meeting with Bali.
Not only this, the Bali summit has also eased the way for India’s G20 presidency. The top communication gap with a country with a large economy like China could have increased the difficulties of hosting the G20 for India. In such a situation, even the short and informal dialogue between the leaders has definitely helped in opening the doors. Keep in mind that next year India has to host China and America, Japan or Russia, all the big economy countries as G20 President. After Bali, the next summit will be held in Delhi.
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