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Modi Comes Under Intense Criticism Back Home After “Brief Conversation” With Xi

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa Paul Mashatile and President of China Xi Jinping attend a meeting during the 2023 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on August 24, 2023. Marco Longari / POOL / AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under withering criticism this weekend from his political rivals and the media back home for the way he handled a short, “informal” exchange with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of last week’s BRICS summit in Johannesburg — their first in 9 months.

Although no images of the two leaders’ talks were released, the pair reportedly agreed to boost efforts to de-escalate tensions along their disputed border.

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