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SCO Summit: Suspense continues on PM Modi and Chinese President Xi’s meeting in Samarkand

Samarkand: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization or SCO summit in Uzbekistan’s cultural capital Samarkand will be the first time that both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be under the same roof after the Galwan incident, but if they will meet will remain a mystery. While as of now, there has been no confirmation of any meeting between the Indian and Chinese leadership at the Samarkand SCO summit, any meeting will be significant, given how the relationship is progressing, but the chances of a breakthrough are slim.

The Galwan incident of 2020 saw Chinese offensive along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, killing 20 Indian soldiers.

China admitted after a long delay that it had lost four of its soldiers, a claim that remains questionable given Beijing’s track record on transparency. While there has been disruption in areas such as Hot Springs and Gogra, China continues to violate the 1993 and 1996 agreements as it mobilizes troops in border areas.

From Delhi, the message is clear as External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has said several times that the relationship is going through a “difficult phase”. Last month, the foreign minister said, “Much of the future of Asia depends on how relations between India and China develop in the near future.


For relationships to return to a positive trajectory and remain sustainable, they must be based on three mutuals: mutual sensitivity, mutual respect and mutual interest”, adding, “Their current state, of course, is well for all of you.” Known from. I can only reiterate that the boundary conditions will determine the state of the relationship.”

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Since the Galwan incident, India has banned several Chinese apps in the country, increased scrutiny on Chinese investments and increased border infrastructure development. But a week before the Samarkand SCO summit, India and China announced a dissolution at the Gogra-Hotsprings PP15 on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

In a brief joint statement, both sides confirmed that the process has begun and was the outcome of the 16th round of the India China Corps Commander-level meeting held in July.

Remember, something similar happened in 2017 when China agreed on Doklam ahead of the BRICS summit. The two leaders met several times before the Kovid epidemic. In 2019, both the leaders met 4 times.

The two met on the sidelines of the SCO Leaders’ Summit in Bishkek, their first meeting since Prime Minister Modi’s re-election on the sidelines of the 14th G-20 summit in Osaka and the 11th BRICS summit in Brasilia. 13 November 2019.

In addition, they also met for the famous second informal summit in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, during Xi’s visit to India. Previously, Prime Minister Modi visited China to attend the G20 summit in Hangzhou in September 2016, the BRICS summit in Xiamen in September 2017 and the SCO summit in Qingdao in June 2018. had visited.

President Xi visited India to attend the BRICS summit in Goa in October 2016 and his famous visit to PM Modi’s home state Gujarat in 2014.

The Russian President has confirmed that he will meet Xi of China in Uzbekistan. It is worth noting that this is the first foreign visit of the Chinese President since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. His last foreign trip was to Myanmar in January of 2020 and the world has changed dramatically since then.

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