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PM Modi, Chinese President Xi meet in Bali, first time in public view since Ladakh standoff

While there was no substantive readout on their conversation — captured by the cameras at the G20 summit dinner —sources said the “Prime Minister and President Xi Jinping, who were both attending the G20 dinner hosted by the Indonesian President, exchanged courtesies at the conclusion of the dinner”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping greeting each other at the G20 summit. (Video screengrab/ ANI)

IN THEIR first meeting in public view since the India-China border standoff began in 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands and spoke to each other at the G20 summit in Bali on Tuesday.

While there was no substantive readout on their conversation — captured by the cameras at the G20 summit dinner —sources said the “Prime Minister and President Xi Jinping, who were both attending the G20 dinner hosted by the Indonesian President, exchanged courtesies at the conclusion of the dinner”.

This was the first time the two leaders were seen interacting in public view since their last meeting in Brazil in November 2019, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. In October 2019, Xi had visited India for an informal summit in Mahabalipuram.

In September this year, the two leaders attended the SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, but there were no photographs or statements about a meeting between them.

In Bali, the handshake took place towards the end of the dinner. The two leaders greeted each other as Xi walked by. They shook hands and the video showed a brief relaxed conversation, before the camera moved elsewhere and the transmission ended.

The dinner was held at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in a somewhat informal setting. The G20 leaders watched dance performances as they dined.

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While there are no bilateral meetings scheduled with Xi, Modi will meet French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Indonesian President Joao Widodo, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and leaders from Singapore, Spain, Italy for bilateral meetings on Wednesday.

First published on: 15-11-2022 at 19:50 IST
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