While India said that Modi will hold meetings with leaders of countries like Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, there was no mention of any scheduled bilateral meeting with Xi.
The current standoff flared immediately after a successful meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump and their joint statement that followed, which indicated a strengthening of the strategic partnership between India and the United States, and their joint views on terrorists being harboured in Pakistan, the forthcoming naval exercises between the two countries and Japan, and the threat posed by North Korea.
While the Indian Foreign Ministry has not indicated whether Modi and Xi will hold a bilateral meeting, there is every likelihood of their meeting, even in passing, during the five-nation Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa leaders' meeting, which is traditionally held on the sidelines of a G20 summit.
"In addition, he will also participate in the BRICS Leaders' meeting". The route was opened up for pilgrims in 2015, following the visit of Chinese premier Xi Jinping to India.
Though the China-Bhutan boundary is not officially demarcated, both countries have a basic consensus on the practical condition and border line of their border region, Geng added. In an editorial, the nationalistic tabloid suggested Beijing should rally the world for abolishing "unfair treaties" that New Delhi has allegedly forced Bhutan to sign.
After China alleged that India is misleading the public over the Sikkim standoff, defence experts on Thursday stated that Beijing was stopped by New Delhi for making a road, which clearly poses a threat to the country.
Despite rising stridency in Chinese demands that India pull back from the confrontation near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction, Indian troops are digging in to protect the strategic topography that is just 30 km from a hydel project and overlooks the Bengal-Assam road link. Bhutan has already lodged protest with China saying that the road being built by Chinese troops was in its territory.
The daily said India "oppresses" Bhutan and "has startling control over" it. The move demonstrates India's interest in building bridges with its Southeast Asian neighbours, a policy which will likely anger China, who disapproves of India's growing involvement in the region. "The Indian military can choose to return to its territory with dignity, or be kicked out of the area by Chinese soldiers", the Global Times wrote. Sikkim, which became a part of India in May 1976, is the only State which has a demarcated border with China. "Though Bhutan is closely allied with India, it has no formal diplomatic relations with China". It was under the effective jurisdiction of China without any dispute.