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G20: Modi bilateral and trilateral meetings focused on trade and Indo-Pacific

Osaka, June 29: In G-20 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held separate bilateral meetings with leaders of US, Japan,Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey, Australia, Singapore and Chile,’s and trilateral involving  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump.

Bilateral meetings focused on discussions  on host of key issues including trade, counter-terrorism, defence, maritime security and sports.

While trilateral focused on “free and open Indo-Pacific” and “quality infrastructure” in comparison to the coercive infrastructure promoted by China that are entangling the smaller Indo-Pacific nations in a debt-trap.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held separate bilateral meetings with leaders of Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey, Australia, Singapore and Chile, and discussed a host of key issues including trade, counter-terrorism, defence, maritime security and sports.

Modi, who was in Osaka, Japan for the two-day G20 Summit, held his first official engagement on the last day of the summit with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

The foreign secretary said after the meet, “The main topic of the discussion was the Indo-Pacific about how the three countries can work together in terms of connectivity, in terms of infrastructure, in terms of ensuring that peace and security is maintained and in terms of working together to build upon this new concept so that it benefits the region as a whole and for the three countries of course.”

During Modi’s trilateral with Putin and Xi, however, the focus was on globalisation, on maintaining “liberalisation of trade”, “free trading system, an open trading system, a rules-based trading system, to oppose the tendency towards protectionism and to give a proper direction to WTO reform.”US president narrative on trade deficits, tariffs and “reciprocal trade” threatens to push global economy into a trade war.

 

Ivanka Trump, who advises the US President on job creation and economic empowerment, said 5G technology and its security implications was one of the critical issues that the leaders discussed in their bilateral meetings.

“We are here at the G20 in Osaka and Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe just concluded a meeting with the President talking about 5G technology, particularly with focus on its security implication,” said Ivanka Trump in the video tweeted by the White House.

 

Modi on Saturday held bilateral meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on the final day of the ongoing G-20 summit in Japan’s Osaka. The Prime Minister held discussions on expanding trade and strengthening bilateral ties with the two countries.

Modi met the presidents of Indonesia and Brazil separately on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit here Saturday, and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in trade and investment.

During his meeting with Indonesian president Joko Widodo, the prime minister discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, defence and maritime fronts.

This was Modi’s first official engagement on the second day of the June 28-29 summit.

“Beginning Day 2 of the #G20 Summit by meeting a valued friend. PM @narendramodi holds talks with President @jokowi on ways to deepen India-Indonesia cooperation,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.

In a tweet, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “Taking forward the comprehensive strategic partnership. PM @narendramodi had a productive meeting with Indonesian President @jokowi on margins of #G20Summit. Discussed expanding cooperation in trade & investment, defence, maritime, space & exchanged views on Indo-Pacific vision.”
Deepening the close & multifaceted strategic partnership. PM @narendramodi & Brazilian President @jairbolsonaro held wide-ranging discussions on bilateral relationship, specially cooperation in trade & investment, agriculture & bio-fuels in the context of climate change,” Kumar tweeted.

Later in the day, the prime minister will meet leaders of Turkey and Australia among others.

On Friday, Modi held bilateral and plurilateral meetings with many leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.

The prime minister will travel to Vladivostok in September for the eastern economic forum, acting on an invitation from Putin.

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