Modi accepts Trump's offer to be part of 'expanded' G7 to discuss China


New Delhi, June 2 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a telephonic conversation with the US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, accepted his offer to be part of the ‘expanded G7', the group of most powerful nations to discuss the collective approach to China.

Earlier this week, Trump decided to postpone the G7 meeting till September and invite India, Russia, Australia and South Korea to discuss a plan on how to deal with the future of China.

The US and China have been in an open confrontation since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which originated in Wuhan.

The phone conversation is significant in view of the ongoing face-off between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. Though Trump had offered to mediate between the two Asian giants to resolve the violent stand-off, neither India nor China used the services of his office.

Both India and China are talking using diplomatic channels to resolve the issue. Last week, however, Trump had claimed that Modi was not pleased with the Xi Jinping regime over the ongoing border conflict.

On Tuesday, an official statement of the Ministry of External Affairs said that Modi had a telephone conversation with Trump.

During the phone call, Trump spoke about the US Presidency of the Group of Seven, and "conveyed his desire to expand the ambit of the grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries including India".

In this context, the statement said, "He extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the next G-7 Summit to be held in the US."

The government, however, did not elaborate on the mechanics of the ‘expanded G7' and in what capacity will India participate in the group.

Modi, as per the statement, commended Trump for his "creative and far-sighted approach, acknowledging the fact that such an expanded forum would be in keeping with the emerging realities of the post-Covid world."

India would be happy to work with the US and other countries to ensure the success of the proposed summit, the Modi told Trump.

Modi also expressed his concerns regarding the ongoing civil disturbances in the US, and conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation, the statement said.

The two leaders also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the Covid-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border, and the need for reforms in the World Health Organization.

During the conversation, Trump warmly recalled his visit to India in February this year. Modi reciprocated by saying that the visit had indeed been memorable and historic on many accounts, and had also added new dynamism to the bilateral relationships.

The exceptional warmth and candour of the conversation reflected the special nature of the Indo-US ties, as well as the friendship and mutual esteem between both the leaders, the statement said.

 

  

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  • kushal kumar, Panchkula

    Sat, Jun 6 2020

    Interpreting the prospects for India in contemporary times of 2020-21 in the light of planetary indications.
    The Coronavirus pandemic officially designated as Covid-19 began to show up itself in some countries by the end of March , 2020. During this early stage when it was felt that the pandemic could assume worrisome concern in India , Prime Minister of India , Shri Narendra Modi , announced well-timed lockdown in the country in the night of 24 March , 2020. In April , 2020 , he shared with the nation that the catastrophic situation is also indicative of some message for the nation , which can be interpreted or perceived to include emergence of a global visionary perspective for India . So huge pain of Coronavirus pandemic is there but the pain has also brought with it some positive message for the country. Soon after , we began to hear near May 2020 the following inspiring visionary message in audio-video tune through news TV Channels of India : -
    “ Aanewale Kal Ki Dastak Sunayi Deti Hai. Naye Josh Se Nikal Pade Hamm , Aanewala Kall Hogaa Hamara. Naye India Ka Naya Josh”.
    We are continuing to hear the said inspiring message signifying a visionary sort of forecast of contemporary times for India. It can be opined that the message is attempting well to articulate something positive , some welcome hope of new India in the making. In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s one of predictions for India in article - “ Predictions for coming year 2020 by kushal kumar” - published last year 2019 on 10 October at theindiapost.com/articles/predictions-for-coming-year-2020-by-kushal-kuma

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  • Sequeira, O., Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Great move by PM Modi and his skills in balancing relationships with top 5 nations. Good luck PM Modi.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Do I see a repeat of the English East India company's tactics?

    Even in the 1600s, China remained fiercely (and proudly) independent of the English East India company's tentacles. The company got Hong Kong ON A LEASE and nothing more. But the whole of India became a RESOURCE of the English East India company.

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    No mater what, China is our next door neighbor, It is importance to keep good relationship with China.

    China is very powerful, dependable super power. No one can match it ability. If it wants, it has the ability to destabilize India or any other neighboring country. Western countries Governments change evry 4 years and western Governments are made accountable by the Citizens and may not help us when we need them. Modi should take permit from China before discussing Chines affers with Trumo and other countries

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Krishna
    Do you think China ruler is permanent one? Who knows what will happen to the present leader tomorrow? We have seen the result of chini" bhai bhai "during 1962.
    Tiday India is also powerful and can destroy China with our N piwer
    Ppl like you who favour China r Real enemies. We can fight with open enemies and difficult to fight with internal enemies
    Jai Hind

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  • Meenakshi, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    @ Ratan,

    You are no different from another BJP supporter. When Modi had a swing diplomacy with Xi you people all clapped and showed your Deshbhakti. Now when somebody is telling China is powerful (which is a fact) you call as internal enemies.

    You also need to read other than fake WhatsApp forwards. Otherwise you will remain as frog in the well without having actual information. You say India can destroy China without knowing the consequences. It is in the interest of India not to have the war.

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  • Vikhas, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Madam Please come out of communist books. China always enemy of India. Whatever dialogue we tried with them they always back stabbed us. Now is the right time to go against them. And show our strength. May be we are not powerful like China but China will think 100 times before attacking us. That much capacity we have in our armed forces.

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  • Meenakshi, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    @ Vikhas,

    This is the problem. My comments are not for China but you need to understand the reality. I also do not like communists. I also agree China is dangerous enemy. I have seen many WhatsApp forwards against Pakistan by Modi supporters but now only they started attacking China.

    War with China is not the solution but we need to defeat them economically. But is it possible? If government make changes in the policy so that Indian manufacturers can compete with Chinese internationally then we can defeat them.

    War is not the solution and India cannot afford at this stage.

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  • Indian, Abcd

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    Excellent

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    Trump should concentrate on - USA Burning ...

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  • Prashanth, Badiadka

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    If we depend on US to retaliate against China, there will be no difference between us and Pakistan. Pak uses China's help to confront India, as they don't have strength to match us directly

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