Former Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and now Congress MP from Kerala, Shashi Tharoor, believes that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s absence from the G20 Summit is a political move and a deliberate snub to India.
“Xi Jinping’s absence is much more of a political signal. That is a deliberate snub to India because Xi was there at BRICS and he’s going to be holding a BRI event in Beijing shortly which Putin will attend,” he said in an exclusive conversation with CNBC-TV18’s Parikshit Luthra.
“He’s being absent this year is not a surprise.”
“It would have been very important because the success of every summit is reflected in a joint communique and every single G20 summit including the last one in Indonesia last year, concluded with an agreed joint communique,” he said, adding, “But when it comes to Ukraine, the Russians and Chinese are absolutely unwilling to budge, they want no reference to it, no condemnation, not even deploring the war.”
In Tharoor’s opinion, India has done a reasonable job under its year long Presidency on all the other complicated thorny issues including debt relief, development agenda issues, admission of the African Union among others.
Several issues including climate change, sustainable energy, international debt and taxing multinational corporations are likely to come up during this year’s meet in New Delhi.
First Published: Sept 5, 2023 9:14 PM IST