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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit to be held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan later this month is in the news for reasons other than its agenda.
With the announcement of the dates, on the sidelines of the conference, the market of discussions is hot regarding the possible meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan’s PM Shahbaz Sharif. China has also started preparations for this meeting, but due to the ongoing dispute on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for the last two years, India’s stand is cold.
The agenda of this year’s SCO summit is regional peace, women empowerment, poverty alleviation and food security. However, apart from the agenda, there are speculations about Modi-Jinping and Modi-Shahbaz meeting.
G-20 more favorable
Apart from the SCO, for India, the G-20 meeting in Indonesia in November this year is more suitable for the Modi-Jinping meeting. India can again give a tough message to China by keeping distance from China in SCO. After this, one can wait for the reaction of China on its tough stand.
Anger over Pakistan’s stand
According to government sources, even though PM Modi has expressed sympathy through a message sent to Pakistani PM Shahbaz Sharif in the context of the floods, the two leaders are unlikely to meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit.