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Xi and Modi’s Frosty Encounter At SCO Summit Worrisome For Asia-Pacific Region

Leaders pose for a family photo before a meeting in an expanded format at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand on September 16, 2022. Sergei BOBYLYOV / SPUTNIK / AFP

There was a lot of speculation, including from us, that this month’s pullback of Chinese and Indian troops along their disputed border in the Himalayas was a goodwill gesture to set the stage for a sideline meeting between Xi and Modi at last week’s SCO summit in Uzbekistan.

Well, not only did they not meet, but they also didn’t even shake hands and barely exchanged glances when standing side by side for the group photo. 

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