Picture speaks more than a thousand words: India on Modi-Jinping Hamburg meet

The informal interaction between Modi and Xi came a day after a top Chinese foreign ministry official had said that the "atmosphere" is "not right" for a formal bilateral meeting between them in Hamburg.

By: PTI | Hamburg | Updated: July 8, 2017 10:06 pm
sikkim, china, india, pm modi, xi jinping, chinese president, g20, india china bilateral talks, g20 summit hamburg, indian express “We have tweeted that the two leaders discussed a range of issues. A range of issues means a range of issues. I don’t want to add anything further…I leave it to you to draw your conclusion,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. (File Photo)

India on Saturday refused to elaborate on the “range of issues” discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their informal conversation yesterday in Hamburg, in the backdrop of a standoff between their armies in the Sikkim sector. “We have tweeted that the two leaders discussed a range of issues. A range of issues means a range of issues. I don’t want to add anything further…I leave it to you to draw your conclusion,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

His response came when during a briefing here he was asked if a “range of issues” discussed during the conversation between Modi and Xi ahead of the informal meeting of the BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit included the standoff in the Sikkim sector.

“I’m not commenting on it because we have said what we have (to say) and as to the picture, well, the old saying is that a picture speaks more than a thousand words,” was Baglay’s response when asked about whether the picture along with the tweet showing the two leaders smiling was indicative of any de-escalation of tension between the two countries. The informal interaction between Modi and Xi came a day after a top Chinese foreign ministry official had said that the “atmosphere” is “not right” for a formal bilateral meeting between them in Hamburg.

The standoff between China and India in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction has dragged on for the past three weeks. It started after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Baglay also asserted that the prime minister was here to attend the G20 summit meetings. “He participated in the proceedings and India’s contribution to these discussions is the main focus for us here. At the same time, the prime minister had several bilaterals on the margins,” he added.

 

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    mark
    Jul 9, 2017 at 6:39 am
    French media talk of their new Pdt being most important, Canadians of Troudeau, etc, naturaly Indian ones of Modi. Big topic was Throump meet Poutin, another (and possibly bigger) topic was NorthK, so Throump and the horrible cuthroat 11th Pdt. came to an agreement , resume a degree of military cooperation, the rest "Paris agreement" (dead) so on, not worth mention, but important is that regarding trade, bilateral agreement the Throump way are accepted as new norm (a position in fact supported by Russia). BTW, regarding "top Chinese foreign ministry official said that the “atmosphere” is “not right” for a formal bilateral meeting" if a meeting happend means, by diplomatical standds, that the Indian side made openings, this is confirmd by the nervosity of “We have tweeted that the two leaders discussed a range of issues. A range of issues means a range of issues". Communication babudom way. Meanwhile babus have to scramble to find the Dokala area map before PM is back home.
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      Suni
      Jul 9, 2017 at 4:15 am
      Never trust a cutthroat communist dictator Xi, who is a disciple of India back stabber Mao.
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        KG
        Jul 9, 2017 at 3:11 am
        Indian senimental people have been cheated by this smile. Pandatji was cheated, be careful, do not get excited by Chinese smile as Chinese goods are fake.
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          romi
          Jul 8, 2017 at 11:42 pm
          india china almost 2.7billion people. one wrong move we create hatred among people. already since 5-6 decades we have hatred between india pak china japan north south korea isreal Palestine For both countries leaders economy is important they need to sit sort out issues.
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            Daniel
            Jul 9, 2017 at 4:49 am
            Its similar to one Nation who keep on reiterating India is their enemy. India too use the same strategy by reiterating China is their biggest enemy since 62 . I dont see any difference.
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            Krishnaswamy Swamy
            Jul 8, 2017 at 9:23 pm
            It is good that the meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping took place at Hamburg despite Chinese officials taking a stand that atmosphere" is "not right" for a formal bilateral meeting and Indian officials taking a position that India never requested said meeting.
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