India is seeking to take advantage of its hosting role of the G20 Summit to advance its own agenda to the detriment of China’s interests. This was reveal by a Chinese think tank affiliated with China’s main intelligence agency on Saturday.
The harsh criticism from the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, which is under the authority of the Ministry of State Security, was delivere when the G20 leaders started their two-day annual summit in the Indian capital, New Delhi. This event was not attend by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The think tank accused India of bringing
its geopolitical “private mission” to the global stage, which it said not only helped India fulfill its responsibilities as host of the G20 but also created major problems. India previously two G20 meetings in disput areas, namely Arunachal Pradesh which is claime by China, and Kashmir which is claime by Pakistan.
“In addition to causing diplomatic turmoil and public opinion turmoil, India’s move to hold meetings in disputed areas has also ‘stealed attention’, thereby sabotaging the cooperative atmosphere of the G20 Summit and hampering the achievement of substantive results,” the think tank said in a commentary broadcast on his WeChat account.
The statement may explain Xi’s absence from the summit hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese officials declined to explain the absence. Premier Li Qiang instead represented China.
Since 2020, New Delhi has also increased scrutiny of Chinese businesses and investments.
Last Sunday, when reacting to news that Xi would not attend the G20 summit, United States President Joe Biden said he was “disappoint” but would “meet with him”. The think tank also said India had tried to exploit the debt restructuring issue to attack China. New Delhi, the agency said, often cooperates with the United States and Western countries in supporting the “debt trap” theory,The two Asian neighbors have been looking for ways to defuse simmering military tensions along their vast borders. However, New Delhi described the situation as fragile and dangerous. where Beijing offers loans to poor countries to build needed infrastructure such as ports or roads think tank said.