Xi and Modi meet in Hamburg
While U.S. media coverage of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 6-7 has been dominated by Donald Trump’s hours-long meeting with Vladimir Putin, another meeting — perhaps more important — took place:
- The Times of India reports that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi informally met Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit and “had a conversation on a range of issues.”
- It is not clear whether Modi and Xi discussed the ongoing border dispute involving China, India, and Bhutan. We summarized the issue on July 5, quoting the Chinese ambassador to India who called the border dispute “the worst in 30 years.”
- India Today has an explainer on the border issue: “How did obscure pasture in Bhutan become the bone of contention between India and China, sparking a perilous military standoff.” In April this year, the Jamestown Foundation published a useful guide to Bhutan’s relations with China and India.
Xi also took time to, in Bloomberg’s words, “blast” the G20 over trade. The Chinese president said in a speech that “major developed countries have significantly backtracked positions on trade, climate change and other issues.”
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