India-China tussles – Modi and Xi did not meet, while they met all other country heads for one-to-one at the SCO Summit

Both the leaders shared the stage but were not seen exchanging any greetings

Both the leaders shared the stage but were not seen exchanging any greetings
Both the leaders shared the stage but were not seen exchanging any greetings

No pleasantries exchanged between Modi, Xi at SCO Summit

India-China tussles are now becoming so evident after no one-to-one meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) on Friday in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Both Modi and Xi had meetings with all other country heads and bilateral meetings, while both even don’t have eye-to-eye contact. Even during the photo session though both were standing near, no eye contact, and both looked in different directions. Please see the tweet of India’s official spokesperson with the photo where Modi and Xi, though standing nearby, looking in different directions.

Modi on Friday urged the member countries of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO)to ensure reliable and resilient supply chains to overcome hurdles created by the ongoing Ukraine conflict and the Corona pandemic. The Prime Minister made these assertions in his message at the SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan also attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and leaders of several Central Asian countries also took part in the event.

This is the first time that Modi and Jinping came face to face since the face-offs at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh in May 2020. The two armies earlier this week disengaged from the last stand-off site in Gogra-Hot Springs in Eastern Ladakh.

Addressing the summit, Modi said the Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.5 percent this year and that India supports “greater cooperation and mutual trust” among the SCO member states. It was interesting to note that both Modi and Xi never spoke about the ongoing more than two-year-long tussles at borders with India and China, where both sides have deployed more than 50,000 Army personnel each apart from huge infra buildings.

India and Russia reviewed the entire gamut of their ties on Friday during the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Modi also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the summit during which they reviewed bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen cooperation in diverse sectors. Modi also held bilateral meetings with Uzbek President Mirziyoyev and Iranian President Raisi.

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