A Chinese Ministry of State Security-linked think tank accused India of attempting to exploit its position as host country for the G20 Summit in order to harm China.
The China Institute of Contemporary International Relations made the remarks as the annual G20 summit, lasting two days, began in New Delhi, with Chinese President Xi Jinping absent.
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The think tank accused India of introducing geopolitical “private goods” onto the international stage, which would not only undermine its role as the host of the G20 Summit but also create more problems.
In the past, India has held G20 conferences in disputed areas like Arunachal Pradesh, where China asserts its sovereignty, and Kashmir, which is being contested by Pakistan.
According to a Wechat account post, the think tank claimed that India’s decision to hold meetings in disputed territories has not only stirred up diplomatic and public opinion but also contributed to alienating the general public and hindered the achievement of meaningful gains at G20.
Chinese officials have not commented on why they did not include their President Xi Jinping in the meeting held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home. Premier Li Qiang is currently representing China in his absence.
The two Asian countries bordering the region have been working to reduce military tensions along their massive border. However, New Delhi has characterized the situation as fragile and dangerous. Since 2020, India has also intensified its scrutiny of Chinese businesses and investments.
US President Biden expressed his disappointment that Xi did not attend the G20 summit, but he still plans to attend a future meeting.
The think tank claimed that India has been using the debt restructuring issue to criticize China, frequently in conjunction with the United States and Western nations to amplify the “debt trap” theory. This theory concerns Beijing’s provision of loans to economically disadvantaged countries for infrastructure projects like ports and road expansion.
The think tank cautioned that India’s behavior could worsen divisions and discord, hinder the international community’ broader efforts to reach agreement and significant benefits, and ultimately damage its own reputation and global development goals.
Edited by Aishwarya Dakhore and published on Sep 10, 2023.