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Despite soured relations, Modi and Xi swap praises at G20 Summit

India and China are having one of their longest standoff over the Sikkim border issues, but at the G20 Summit in Hamburg in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to be trying to break the deadlock. At an informal meeting of BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the two leaders shook hands and greeted each other. Later, both leaders praised each other during their respective speeches and held discussions on various issues. The two leaders are expected to meet again this evening during a concert.

During his speech, Xi lauded India for its efforts to fight terrorism and also for the contribution to BRICS. Xi praised India for the initiatives that were taken under India’s chairmanship of BRICS and for the outcomes of the Goa Summit in 2016. Xi also appreciated the economic and social development of India and wished that India would become even more successful in the coming years. PM Modi, who spoke ahead of Xi, also appreciated China’s immense contribution to BRICS. Modi also wished the best for the next BRICS Summit that will be held in China’s Xiamen later this year.

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