In a significant revelation, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs disclosed the details of a conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that took place during the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2022. The meeting occurred after the border standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in May 2020.
G-20 Summit in Bali
According to the ministry, PM Modi and President Xi Jinping acknowledged each other’s greetings during a dinner hosted by the President of Indonesia at the G-20 summit. During this post-dinner meeting, the two leaders discussed the need to stabilize bilateral relations.
The G-20 summit in Bali marked the first public meeting between PM Modi and President Xi Jinping after the Galwan Valley clash. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs reiterated its stance that resolving the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the western sector of the India-China border is crucial to restoring peace and tranquility in the border areas.
Restoring Peace and Tranquility: Importance of Resolving LAC Situation
Regarding the upcoming G-20 summit in Delhi, the ministry stated that India is making all efforts and preparations for its success with the participation of all invited leaders. There are hopes that India’s proposal to make the African Union a permanent member of the G-20 will be successful.
As for reports of Russian President Vladimir Putin supporting the proposal, the ministry stated that it had not seen such comments but added that if Russia supports the proposal, it would be beneficial. The revelation sheds light on the diplomatic engagement between India and China and the efforts to stabilize their bilateral relations amidst geopolitical complexities.