1. Narendra Modi G20 Summit: PM, China President Xi Jinping meet in Hamburg, exchange warm handshake

Narendra Modi G20 Summit: PM, China President Xi Jinping meet in Hamburg, exchange warm handshake

Despite the rhetoric of Chinese authorities over the Sikkim standoff, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met President of China Xi Jinping today on the sidelines of an informal BRICS meet and they shared a warm handshake with big smiles on their faces.

By: | Updated: July 7, 2017 4:41 PM
Narendra Modi, G20 Summit, PM, China President Xi Jinping meet in Hamburg, exchange warm handshake, BRICS Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met President of China Xi Jinping today on the sidelines of an informal BRICS meet and they shared a warm handshake with big smiles on their faces. (ANI)

Despite the rhetoric of Chinese authorities over the Sikkim standoff, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met President of China Xi Jinping today on the sidelines of an informal BRICS meet and they shared a warm handshake with big smiles on their faces. This was far from yesterday’s reaction by the Chinese authorities which had unilaterally cancelled a one on one meeting and said that the reason behind the move was the atmosphere not being right. In his speech earlier in the afternoon Modi had warm words for Jinping.“There has been positive momentum in BRICS under the chairmanship of President Xi Jinping, best wishes to him for upcoming BRICS Summit,” Modi was quoted as saying by ANI. PM Modi also promised his full cooperation in BRICS. At BRICS leaders’ informal gathering, PM Modi and Chinese President Xi had a conversation on range of issues, Gopal Baglay was quoted as saying by ANI.

“There has been positive momentum in BRICS under the chairmanship of President Xi Jinping, best wishes to him for upcoming BRICS Summit,” Modi was quoted as saying by ANI. PM Modi also promised his full cooperation in BRICS. At BRICS leaders’ informal gathering, PM Modi and Chinese President Xi had a conversation on range of issues, Gopal Baglay was quoted as saying by ANI. Chinese President Xi Jinping on his part appreciated India’s strong resolve against terrorism and success on economic growth, the ministry of external affairs said, according to PTI. The G20 Summit began today in this port city as world leaders assembled to discuss fight against terrorism and ways to improve open trade while Prime Minister Modi met his counterparts from the BRICS bloc. While host German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the leaders to open the 12th G20 Summit, a separate meeting of BRICS leaders took place on the sidelines, a PTI report said.

The G20 Summit began today in this port city as world leaders assembled to discuss fight against terrorism and ways to improve open trade while Prime Minister Modi met his counterparts from the BRICS bloc. While host German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the leaders to open the 12th G20 Summit, a separate meeting of BRICS leaders took place on the sidelines, a PTI report said.

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