The 12th edition of the G20 Summit 2017 at Hamburg in Germany starts today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the two-day event after his historic visit to Israel. He landed in Hamburg on Thursday to meet key world leaders including leaders of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) on July 7. Due to the ongoing Sikkim standoff with China, there may not be a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. No meeting has been scheduled between the leaders of the two neighbouring countries, and the Chinese officials have attributed it to the prevailing ‘atmosphere’. Despite the strained relation between India and China, the leaders of the five nations have to be in the same room as part of a session. The Summit is expected to witness massive protests over the claim that the G20 has failed to prevent issues that threaten world peace. Upon his arrival at Hamburg on Thursday morning, PM Modi met the city’s deputy mayor Katharina Fegebank.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that Modi is set to conduct bilateral talks with world leaders Argentina President Mauricio Macri, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Japan PM Shinzo Abe, Mexico PM Enrique Pena Nieto, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, UK PM Theresa May and Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Today, as many as 13,000 protesters joined the march against the Summit. The police used water cannons and tear gas to dispel the marching crowd. About nine people have been reported injured while protesting against globalisation.
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About 1,000 black-clad anarchists have participated in this protest march, police told Reuters. Up to 20,000 police officers from across the country have been deployed to control the crowd. United States President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Hamburg ahead of the Summit. Merkel has said that a dialogue on issues such as climate change and global trade would not be an easy task with the US President due to his climate-denying policies, according to a report on NDTV.