Will PM Modi meet President Xi on sidelines of SCO Summit in Sept? | Latest News India

Against the backdrop of an intense diplomatic-military engagement between India and China to resolve the LAC in eastern Ladakh, all eyes are on a possible physical meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO summit. in Samarkand on September 15-16 .

The meeting is brimming with possibilities as the two leaders resolved the Doklam stand-off during an impromptu meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg on July 7, 2017. The two leaders have not had any physical interaction since July 11. had. BRICS summit in Brasilia on November 13, 2019. Bilateral ties between the two countries took a huge turn after PLA decided to change its land position on the northern shores of Pangong Tso on May 5, 2020, and then in Galwan, Khugrangnullah, Gogra -Hot Springs in East Ladakh sector on May 17, 2020.

As India will assume the presidency of Uzbekistan’s SCO this year, Prime Minister Modi will communicate with all SCO leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and even have a courtesy meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

An indication of things to come will become apparent when Foreign Minister S Jaishankar heads to Samarkand next week to attend the Foreign Minister’s meeting on July 29-29. While Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on July 7 on the sidelines of the G20 ministerial in Bali and discussed ways to normalize bilateral ties by first disconnecting the two armies from the Ladakh LAC, a new meeting with State Councilor Wang is on the way. possibly since the Indian government – China’s military commanders had the 16th round of dialogue on July 17. That the dialogue is moving in the right direction to resolve the LAC friction is evidenced by the fact that both sides made a joint statement, a rarity these days from the Chinese side as they get their own interpretations.

The joint statement after the July 17 meeting read: “The two sides reaffirmed that the resolution of the remaining issues would help restore peace and tranquility along the LAC in the western sector and enable progress in bilateral relations. ” The joint statement was a change from the Jaishankar-Wang meeting in Bali as both sides made separate statements about the engagement.

A possible extra next week could be the meeting between EAM Jaishankar and Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Zardari. Without a change in Pakistan’s stance, neither on terrorism nor on Jammu and Kashmir, little movement is expected in what could be a courtesy meeting.

However, the most important meeting will be between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping as the latter could be the chairman of the almighty Central Military Commission, instruct the PLA to resolve the Ladakh LAC issues with the Indian military and pave the way for restoring bilateral ties.

While the Indian military has been careful not to take any steps to change its ground position on the LAC since the May 2020 incidents, the PLA must restore the April 2020 status quo ante at Patrol Point 15 of Khugrang Nullah and patrol rights in Restoring Depsang Bulge near DBO and Charding Nullah Junction in Demchok. With PLA directly under his control, if the all-powerful President Xi decides to reverse the friction, the two countries could move towards economic engagement and cooperation on climate change.


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