G20 Summit 2017
With warm handshake, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met during an informal gathering of BRICS on the sidelines of G20 Summit 2017. This has raised hopes of a resolution to the three-week-old standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector. Chinese state media reported Xi also called on BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries to “push for peaceful settlement of regional conflicts and disputes.” The US President Donald Trump held first ever meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin under the shadow of FBI probe into alleged KGB hand in the last presidential elections in the United States. From Modi to Xi Jinping & Trump To Putin, Here’s Everything you need to know.
G20 Summit 2017
Gopal Baglay (External affairs ministry spokesperson) tweeted a photo in which two leaders are smiling and shaking hands with each other, he said Modi and Xi had a “conversation on a range of issues”. During an informal meeting of the BRICS leaders in Hamburg, Germany, the stage was all set for India and China to erase their dispute after Beijing snubbed New Delhi by announcing that President of China would not be holding two-sided talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.
Modi targets Pakistan at G20 summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday pointing Pakistan-based terror groups “Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)” some countries were using terror as an instrument to achieve political objectives and pressed for “deterrent” action collectively by the G-20 members against such nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi linked LeT and JeM to Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda by saying that their names might look different but their principles was the same. Modi regretted that the international response to terrorism was not strong and more cooperation was required to fight the menace.
Chinese media hits out at India over Sikkim standoff
As per Chinese Media Reports, “India has tried to justify its incursion in the name of protecting Bhutan, arguing that Doklam is Bhutanese territory,” “By creating disputes in Doklam, India seeks to obstruct border negotiations between China and Bhutan, and follow its own ulterior motives in the area”, it said. “Moreover, India has no right to interfere in China-Bhutan boundary issues, nor is it entitled to make territorial claims on behalf of Bhutan.”The commentary accused India of breaking the status quo by “trespassing onto Chinese soil”.
The commentary ended with a word of advice: “It is clear that if the ‘Chinese Dragon’ and the ‘Indian Elephant’ co-exist harmoniously and achieve peaceful, cooperative development, it will benefit not only their combined 2.7 billion people, but also those living beyond their borders. “Otherwise, a spiral of bilateral rivalry would definitely result in a slowdown in their growth.”
G20 Summit 2017 top stories to keep you up to date
- PM Modi met China’s President Xi Jinping for an informal conversation a day after Chinese foreign ministry had said that there would not be holding bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the atmosphere wasn’t good.
- The handshake between PM and Xi Jinping was an icebreaker amidst Sikkim standoff and nonstop sabre-rattling by China media.
- PM and Xi said that they would work closely for accomplishment of BRICS goals.
- PM Modi said, “There has been positive momentum in BRICS under chairmanship of President Xi Jinping, best wishes to him for upcoming BRICS Summit.” China also realized Xi Jinping respected India’s strong resolve against terrorism and momentum in BRICS started under India’s Chairmanship.
- It is not only the meeting between Asian countries that is the focus of the G20 summit. The world’s graze was on the first eye-to-eye encounter between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
- Trump has said he wants to search ways to work with Putin, a goal made more difficult by critical differences over Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine, and allegations Moscow meddled in the US presidential election 2016. Both of their facial expression and physical gesture will be analyzed deeply more than the words they had uttered.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going through a difficult phase controlling the anti-capitalist protests across Hamburg. The latest round of demonstrations, though unruly, is smaller and more dispersed than Thursday night’s violence, during which at least 111 police officers were hurt, according to police. Water cannon were deployed to disperse protesters and 29 arrests were made. However, the police did not give the reasons behind the arrests.
- Security is tight in the city as leaders from around the world assemble for the G20 summit. The Group of 20, which includes 19 countries and the European Union, accounts for approximately 80% of global GDP. Around two-thirds of the world’s population live in a G20 country.