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No 'Ice-Break' In Sight: China Calls Off Meeting Between Modi and Xi In G-20

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| July 6 , 2017 , 15:02 IST

It is almost official now from Chinese side that its Premier XI Jinping and Indian PM Narendra Modi will not be meeting on the sidelines of G 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. If Chinese authorities are to be believed, current standoff between the two countries at the trijunction in Doklam is the reason behind calling off the meeting, which was, however, officially not in the offing. Yet, both the leaders will have their meetings with other leaders except themselves.

China has dubbed the situation in Sikkim as dangerous while saying that 'the atmosphere is not right' for the talk which clearly indicates that it is in no mood to give an inch of space even for the diplomatic channels to ease the tension between the two Asian giants. Indian PM Narendra will be arriving Germany tonight to participate in the G 20 summit. This conclave is taking place at a time of crises in Gulf area and in the southeast Asia. The summit is going to be a melting pot of rich and powerful countries of the world including US, Russia, France, and Japan. But, any sign of ice breaking between India and China here in this German city has now been thrown out from the window by China.  

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On the other hand, sources from the Indian side have not yet ruled out the prospects of meeting between Modi and Xi but, they are also not looking confident about chances of table talk amid growing tension. Over the weeks, China has continuously been mounting pressure on India alleging trampling of Panchsheel Agreement and violation of 1890 Border agreement between China and Britain-the then colonial ruler of India. With its mouthpiece Global Times, the Chinese mandarins have repeatedly issued warnings to India even to the extent of leaving India rattled in the face of war. However, India has also given a befitting reply to this as defence minister Arun Jaitley said that India of 1962 has no longer the same.

The warlike stalemate has distanced China from any kind of talk, but Indian officials are still hopeful of a positive outcome through dialogue.