Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday discussed the escalating tension along India’s disputed boundary with China.
Modi also gave his nod to Trump’s proposal to bring India, Australia, South Korea, and Russia into the ambit of the G-7 and turn it into a G-11 – an initiative, which Beijing has already decried as a move by the US to contain China.
The Prime Minister and the US President discussed over phone the situation along the disputed boundary between India and China, although New Delhi just recently joined Beijing to give a cold-shoulder to the offer from the Washington D.C. to mediate between the two neighbouring nations and help them defuse tension on the northern bank of the Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh.
Modi’s discussion with Trump on tension along India-China boundary and his support to the American President’s move to expand the G-7 into a G-11 may raise the hackles in Beijing, where the twin moves by New Delhi are likely to be seen as signs of India moving further closer to the US and joining what is perceived as a US-led axis to contain China.
Trump told Modi about the US presidency of the G-7 (Group of Seven) and conveyed to him his desire to expand the ambit of the bloc beyond the existing membership by including India and other important countries.