Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit 2022 is going to be a crucial one, PM Modi is all set to fly to Uzbekistan to attend. For experts, this meeting can unveil answers to many cryptic questions and the best chance to record the response of China and Russia towards a fluidly changing world in light of the Ukraine crisis.
PM Modi To Attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit 2022
The recent peace deal between India and China which resulted in both the countries disengaging from Patrolling Point-15 or PP-15 in the Gogra-Hotsprings region has sparked the hypothesis of the first face-to-face meeting of Indian President Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in three years. However, there is no official report on this matter.
“Modi is expected to be in Uzbekistan during September 15-16 for the SCO Summit to be held in the historic city of Samarkand. Modi and Xi are set to be in the same room for at least two sessions at the summit. While the exchange of pleasantries between the two leaders isn’t being ruled out, people familiar with the matter said there was no word yet on a structured bilateral meeting”, mentioned Hindustan times.
As per the External Affairs Ministry, “the prime minister is likely to hold a few bilateral meetings” on the margins of the summit but didn’t give details.” Meanwhile, it is being said reportedly that there is no plan for bilateral meetings between “Modi and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
Vishnu Prakash, Former Ambassador said, “With the borders still alive, the prime minister is likely to meet Xi only if some agreement on restoring status quo ante is in hand or if the Chinese side seeks it. Else, it may serve little purpose other than giving bragging rights to the Chinese leader.”
Added,” At this stage, the meeting can only be about the vacation of Chinese aggression.”
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“India has looked to the SCO, which also includes China, Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, to drive cooperation in crucial areas such as connectivity and trade, especially with Central Asian states, and counter-terrorism, with the focus on Afghanistan.”