PM Modi Meets Xi Jinping Bali’s Meeting Opened The Closed Doors Of Modi-Jinping Dialogue Ann | G20 Summit: PM Modi opened Bali’s meeting

PM Modi Meets Xi Jinping: The G20 summit held in...

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.

President Xi Jinping arrives to meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the end of the dinner. During this, PM Narendra Modi, who was sitting close to Widodo, also got up and not only had a handshake with President Xi Jinping, but also had a conversation for some time. During this, Peng Liuyan, wife of President Xi Jinping was also present. Not only this, in this dinner meeting where both the leaders met first, later India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra also reached.

Courtesy visit 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.

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However, after that, first Corona and then the border tension in eastern Ladakh closed the way for direct communication between the two leaders. Not only this, the Galwan Valley conflict between India and China in June 2020 and the death of 20 Indian soldiers in it has blurred the possibilities of talks later.

Both the leaders met these leaders
By the way, this is not the first time that an attempt has been made during the G20 meeting to start the exercise of dialogue amid border tension. Earlier in 2017, after the Doklam border tension, the two leaders had met during the July 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Not only this, after this meeting, in April 2018, the series 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?
After the informal meeting of Mahabalipuram in the year 2019, this process between the two countries has also stopped for almost three years. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see whether these episodes of informal summit dialogue are connected after the Bali meeting.

Not only this, the summit meeting in Bali has also eased the way for India’s G20 presidency. Top communication gap with a country with a large economy like China could increase the difficulties of hosting the G20 for India. In such a situation, the small and informal dialogue between the leaders has definitely helped in opening the doors. Be it China and America, Japan or Russia, India has to host all big economy countries next year as G20 president. After Bali, the next summit will be held in Delhi.

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