New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet on the sidelines of the 10th G20 meeting in Argentina on November 30, said the Ministry of External Affairs.Also Read - Quad Vaccine Initiative Will Help Indo-Pacific Nations to Great Extent: PM Modi at Quad Leaders’ Summit
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Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, “At the 10th anniversary of the G20, it’s our expectation that leaders will reflect on what has been achieved in past 10 years and what could be done in next 10 years.” The meeting is being held amid the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Also Read - Trade Will be Important Factor in India-US Ties, Much to be Done in This Sector: PM Modi Tells Joe Biden
“Our interest is two-fold that the G20 issue is not hijacked by the single issue of trade, whether it is between two countries or otherwise. And secondly how we can constructively reform the WTO which serves India’s interest and which is multilateral. That is going to be one of the focal points of this G20 meeting, or certainly of India’s position at the G20 meeting,” Gokhale said.
When asked about a meeting between PM Modi and US president Trump, Gokhale said, “India is working on various bilateral meetings during the upcoming summit.”
There will be a number of bilateral meetings during the visit. Foreign Secretary Gokhale said PM Modi will also meet United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Mauricio Macri, the President of Argentina; Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He will also meet the prime ministers of Spain, Jamaica, the Netherlands and the president of the European Union and European Council. A bilateral meeting between Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron is also being worked out, Gokhale said.
PM Modi will also speak on his flag programmes like the Jan Dhan Yojana, the Mudra scheme, Ayushman Bharat, soil health card in the G20 Summit.
India is expected to highlight challenges, including the risks posed by oil price volatility which has directly impacted the Indian economy, and the digital revolution considering how it can lead to employment opportunity.