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Modi, Xi talk briefly on G20 sidelines in Germany

Courteous interaction raises hope after Bhutan-China border spat near India

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President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared an informal moment at the G20 in Hamburg despite a recent border incident involving Bhutan, China, and India.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India briefly interacted on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Germany on Friday, three weeks after their respective armies brushed up against each other in a disputed area along the Bhutan-China border.

The encounter occurred during an informal meeting of the leaders of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) hosted by China. Modi and Xi talked briefly, according to Gopal Baglay, India's foreign affairs spokesperson, in a tweet that included a photograph of the two leaders smiling and shaking hands.

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