China, Russia Congratulate India For Taking Over As SCO President; No Xi Jinping-PM Modi Meet

PM Narendra Modi called for improving connectivity at the SCO though maintaining a distance from Xi Jinping.

File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President, Xi Jinping. (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: While China and Russia congratulated India on becoming SCO chair for the summit next year, day two of the SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, put to rest all speculation and anticipation over the possible PM Modi-Xi Jinping meet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attended the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of the other member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

It is for the first time that Xi and Modi came face-to-face since the border standoff between India and China escalated following the deadly clash in Galwan Valley in June 2020. It’s noteworthy that the sharing of the stage between PM Modi and the Chinese premiere at the SCO Summit comes days after the India-China completed disengagement from Patrolling Point (PP) 15 at Gogra-Hotsprings.

Troops from both India and China pulled back from their respective positions in the Gogra Heights-Hot Springs area. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for improving connectivity at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) though maintaining a distance from Xi Jinping.

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PM Modi broadly stressed on India supporting greater cooperation and trust between SCO members, the global pandemic and Ukraine crisis that have led to a global supply chain problem. Along with talking of better connectivity, in a tacit reference to Pakistan denying access, PM said giving each other full transit rights was crucial.

In response Pakistan PM Sharif commented saying SCO should move towards more structured connectivity, which will ensure full transit rights automatically. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the SCO Summit and told the Russian President that it is not an era of war, as reported by news agency PTI.

This comes amid the ongoing warfare between Russia and Ukraine the growing geo-political turmoil and China’s aggressive military posturing in the Taiwan Strait. PM Modi tweeted his appreciation of the meeting with his Russian counterpart.

Meanwhile, PM Modi also had a meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The two leaders discussed issues of bilateral and mutual interests and PM Modi congratulated him on the success of the SCO summit.

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During his address PM Modi stressed on the need of increased cooperation among nations, PM Modi said that India is working towards becoming a global manufacturing hub.