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India Hosts G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting - A Major Test For Indian Diplomacy

India hosts G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in New Delhi, bringing together representatives from the world's largest economies to discuss pressing issues facing the global community. The two-day meeting, which began on March 1, 2023, is being held in person with strict COVID-19 protocols in place.

Mariella Blankenship
Mar 03, 20233994 Shares88752 Views
India hosts G20 Foreign Ministers' Meetingin New Delhi, bringing together representatives from the world's largest economies to discuss pressing issues facing the global community. The two-day meeting, which began on March 1, 2023, is being held in person with strict COVID-19 protocols in place.
As India assumes the chairmanship of the BRICS group of nations this year, it is also playing host to high-level meetings between foreign ministers of some of the world's largest economies.
American, Chinese, and Russian foreign ministers met in Delhi on Monday for what promises to be a grand test for Indian diplomacy.

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American, Chinese, And Russian Foreign Ministers Meet In Delhi

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, met for the first time since the Biden administration took office.
The meeting, hosted by Indian Foreign Minister, S. Jaishankar, focused on key issues such as regional security, climate change, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting comes amid increased tensions between the US and China, as well as a series of provocative moves by Russia in recent months.
India's foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, met with his American, Chinese, and Russian counterparts in the second high-level ministerial meeting under India's Group of 20 (G20) presidency this year.
They met with the hope of finding enough common ground to issue a joint statement at the end of the summit.
New Delhi failed to unite the leaders in the face of deepening disagreements over Moscow's war, and Jaishankar admitted as much.

Tensions Between US And China

The meeting comes at a time of increased tensions between the US and China, with both sides engaged in a war of words over a range of issues, including trade, human rights, and cybersecurity.
The Biden administration has taken a tougher stance on China than its predecessor, with Blinken recently stating that the US would defend its allies in the region against Chinese aggression.

Russia's Provocative Moves

The meeting also takes place against the backdrop of a series of provocative moves by Russia, including the annexation of Crimea, the poisoning of opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The US and its allies have imposed a range of sanctions on Russia in response to these actions.

India's Role

As host of the meeting, India finds itself in a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, it wants to maintain its strategic autonomy and not be seen as taking sides in the ongoing US-China rivalry.
On the other hand, it wants to build closer ties with the US, its strategic partner, without antagonizing China, with whom it shares a long and contested border.

The BRICS Factor

The meeting also takes place as India assumes the chairmanship of the BRICS group of nations, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
India is expected to use its chairmanship to push for greater cooperation among member states on issues such as trade, climate change, and technology.

Final Words

The meeting of the American, Chinese, and Russian foreign ministers in Delhi is a significant test for Indian diplomacy, as it seeks to maintain its strategic autonomy while building closer ties with the US and not antagonizing China.
It also comes at a time of increased tensions between the US and China and a series of provocative moves by Russia. As chair of the BRICS group of nations, India will play an important role in shaping the group's agenda and pushing for greater cooperation among its members.
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