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India Could Be a Wild Card at the SCO Summit

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the unveiling of a statue of India's independence hero Subhas Chandra Bose in New Delhi on September 8, 2022. Money SHARMA / AFP

While a possible Xi-Putin meeting dominates the headlines, another conversation on the SCO sidelines in Samarkand could signal a headache for Western powers. Speculation is mounting that President Xi could also meet with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The recent withdrawal of Chinese and Indian troops from a section of their contested border is being seen as a signal that the meeting will take place after Indian diplomats reportedly told their Chinese counterparts that Modi’s attendance is subject to the easing of border tensions.

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