India to treat Russian invasion carefully at G20 summit

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The World Today Published 28 July 2023 Updated 4 September 2023 2 minute READ

James Orr

Journalist on South Asia, the US and the Middle East, Freelance

World leaders will meet in New Delhi on September 9-10 as India hosts the G20 leaders’ summit set against a backdrop of a crisis in multilateralism. As Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, has shown a growing confidence on the international stage, he will wish to pursue his own agenda.

‘Charged encounters’

Analysts point to a range of issues that disproportionately affect India and the Global South, including climate finance and food insecurity. Other priorities for Modi concern digitalization and a push for more equitable economic growth.

‘This summit will see several firsts and the potential for charged encounters cannot be overstated,’ said Dennis Snower, president of the Global Solutions Initiative, which provides policy advice to the G20. ‘Controversies concerning cybersecurity, trade in sensitive technologies and the decoupling of global value chains are also likely to complicate cooperation.’

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