Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at an informal BRICS meet was an ‘icebreaking’ moment amidst the diplomatic tensions over the Doklam issue in Sikkim sector. And 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.
During an informal meeting of the BRICS leaders on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. The stage is also set for India and China to hash their differences out after Beijing snubbed New Delhi with their announcement that President Xi-Jinping would not be holding bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.
Here are 10 points to understand the dynamics of world politics being played in Hamburg.
- PM Modi met China’s Xi Jinping for an informal discussion a day after Chinese foreign ministry had said that there won’t be any bilateral meeting between the two leaders as the atmosphere wasn’t right.
- The handshake between PM and Xi Jinping was an icebreaker amidst Sikkim standoff and continuous sabre-rattling by Chinese media.
- Both leaders heaped praises on each other and said that they would work closely for achieving BRICS goals.
- “There has been positive momentum in BRICS under chairmanship of President Xi Jinping, best wishes to him for upcoming BRICS Summit,” PM Modi said. China also reciprocated Xi Jinping appreciated India’s strong resolve against terrorism and momentum in BRICS introduced under India’s Chairmanship.
- Though it’s too soon to say whether this meeting would translate into peace at the borders, but it’s for sure that with this proactive stance India has shown to the world that New Delhi won’t be intimidated by shrill narratives.
- However, it’s not only the meeting between Asian giants that is the focus of the G20 summit.
- All eyes are on the first face-to-face encounter between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
- Trump has said he wants to find ways to work with Putin, a goal made more difficult by sharp differences over Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine, and allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election. That means every facial expression and physical gesture will be analyzed as much as any words the two leaders utter.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is having tough time containing 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. Police did not give the reasons for the arrests.
- Security is tight in the city of 1.8 million, as leaders from around the world convene 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. During the two-day meeting in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s birthplace, leaders are expected to discuss climate change, terrorism and migration.
Source: Jagran Josh