PM Modi and Chinese President Xi shaking hands at the side event of G20 Summit

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Bali: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at a side event of the G-20 summit in Bali on Tuesday.

The handshake gesture attracted attention due to strained relations between the two countries over the border skirmish in eastern Ladakh in April 2020.

A live video feed to the media from the welcome dinner hosted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo for the G20 delegates showed the exchange between the two leaders.

There was some speculation about a possible bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit that began on Tuesday. But there is no time for such a meeting in the agenda known so far by both the sides, reported news agency PTI.

PM Modi and the Chinese President were present at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Uzbek city of Samarkand in September, but maintained a safe distance.

During the day, the Prime Minister met the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, and reviewed the India-US strategic partnership.

“They reviewed the deepening of the India-US strategic partnership, including cooperation in future-oriented areas such as critical and emerging technologies, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, etc.,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.

He expressed satisfaction about the closer cooperation between India and the US in new groupings like Quad, I2U2 etc.

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