Indian PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of G20 Summit

Photo of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Hangzhou, China: India’s Prime Minster Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping today for a bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 Summit on Sunday.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted on his account, “First engagement in Hangzhou is a meeting with the host. PM @narendramodi meets President Xi Jinping.”

This is their second bilateral meeting after the two leaders met in June on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO ).

The PM arrived in China from his Vietnam trip Saturday, also attended the BRICS-Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-meet after his brief engagement with Xi.

However, the Prime Minister was unlikely to meet US President Barack Obama who met Xi on Saturday upon his arrival at Hangzhou.

The opening ceremony of the G20 will begin in the afternoon during which India will raise major issues like Climate finance, global structural reform, and inclusive growth.

India will raise the South China Sea issue at the summit.