On the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, which will be held on September 15 and 16 in Uzbekistan, a bilateral meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping could take place. This was announced today, September 14, reports TASS with reference to The Indian Express newspaper.
According to the newspaper, a possible meeting between the two leaders will take place “in the context of a gradual and successful disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh”.
New Delhi and Beijing on Monday announced a mutual withdrawal of forces from the Gogra Hot Springs border region, seen as a step towards defusing tensions between the two countries.
Earlier, the Indian Foreign Ministry confirmed Narendra Modi’s participation in the SCO summit, on the sidelines of which it plans to hold several bilateral meetings.
Besides India, the SCO includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Observer countries are Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia, partner countries are Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
It is expected that at the next summit the status of permanent member of the organization will be granted to Iran. As well as the status of a dialogue partner – Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Belarus’ application to join the SCO as a full member is also under consideration.
Another worsening of relations between China and India occurred in May 2020, when an armed clash took place on the border between the two countries, resulting in deaths on both sides. After that, Beijing and New Delhi brought heavy military equipment to the region.