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No Modi-Xi meeting at G20 Summit, says India

After China claimed that it has dropped the plan of a meeting between its President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit due to the border dispute in Sikkim, India responded by saying that no such meeting was planned in the first place. China had said that the action of Indian troops on the Sikkim border has eroded the political foundations of bilateral relations between the two countries. However, since there was no formal request for such a meeting from either side, the issue of cancelling the meeting does not even arise. It may be recalled that Modi will be participating in the G20 meeting in Hamburg from July 6-8.

 Modi’s planned bilateral meetings that are scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the G20 summit are with countries such as Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. China was not in the list since the beginning, so there is no question of China cancelling the meeting with Modi. Beijing has been demanding withdrawal of Indian troops as a precondition to conduct meaningful dialogue.

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