• The engagement between two senior diplomats from neighbouring countries is of importance, given that they have been locked in a border stand-off since June 2020
  • The visit, on the sidelines of the G20, comes at a time of geopolitical turmoil with heightened suspicions between Western democracies on the war in Ukraine

China’s new foreign minister Qin Gang on Thursday held his first face-to-face talks with Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on the sidelines of a G20 summit, where deepening rifts among the world’s biggest economies over the Ukraine-Russia war were on display.

The 45-minute engagement between the two senior diplomats come as India and China continue to be locked in a border stand-off, a row that remains unresolved since June 2020 despite multiple discussions.