Foreign Minister Qin Gang arrived in New Delhi tonight, and a major multilateral diplomacy began!

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The streets of New Delhi are decorated to welcome the G20 foreign ministers.

But this cannot dispel the shadow cast by the political clamor of the United States and Europe. Just this evening, starting at 19:00 local time, India, as the rotating presidency of the G20 this year, held a welcome dinner for the early arrival delegation. On the occasion that should have been harmonious, some Indian officials were nervous early on:

Will the G7 boycott of the pre-G20 foreign ministers’ dinner in Indonesia last year be repeated in New Delhi?

Even if today’s dinner was held smoothly, the United States took the lead in promoting political issues such as condemnation and sanctions against Russia at the G20 meeting, and the public opinion in the United States and Europe hyped that “tension between China and the United States is hanging over the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting”, and so on, all of them tried to take the G20, the “platform for international economic cooperation”, away from the issues that should be really concerned about.

New Delhi prepared six major topics for the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the 2nd, which are “of great importance to developing countries”.

But can the meeting “reach a consensus on all these issues”? Can the frustrating scene that just appeared in Bangalore just four days ago be avoided in New Delhi tomorrow?

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The welcome dinner in the Taj Mahal Hotel will start at 7 o’clock this evening. This is the first official agenda on the list of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting this year, but it also really makes some officials of the host country India sweat:

The first “program” to set off the atmosphere can’t be screwed up.

But will the G20 foreign ministers who have arrived be invited to the banquet? They really have no idea. A report in the Hindu Daily this morning expressed India’s concern because a similar dinner before the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Indonesia last year was boycotted by representatives of G7 countries on the grounds that the Russian Foreign Minister was also present.

I hope this will not happen again this year, an Indian official said publicly.

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The state banquet was clearly carefully prepared by the host. Indian media “News 18” said that the dinner dishes mainly focus on millet, because India is celebrating the “International Year of Millet”. Chef Rajesh Wadhwa specifically told the team to “pay more attention to seasoning and less spicy”. These details exactly correspond to India’s expectation of harmonizing the “tastes” of various countries this time.

But this is obviously not an easy thing. The G20 foreign ministers “will hold a meeting just four days after the meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors”. The Hindustan Times’ report on the morning of the first day was outspoken at the beginning of the title and text, highlighting the challenge the G20 meeting is facing: “reaching consensus around the Russia-Ukraine conflict”.

A “short four days later” has revealed its pessimism about the outcome of the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, which ended in Bangalore on February 25, ended in a row. Some countries in the United States and Europe insisted on inserting the content condemning Russia, which led to the abortion of the joint communiqu é of the meeting. The first important meeting hosted by India after taking over the rotating presidency of the G20 was so shriveled.

Although India has just learned that “it is difficult for everyone to adjust”, it still hopes that the Foreign Minister will produce results.

After the welcome dinner on the 1st, the more important agenda will be staged tomorrow. India wants the agenda to focus on climate change and some issues of concern to developing countries. On the morning of the 2nd, the foreign ministers attending the meeting will discuss issues such as strengthening multilateralism, food and energy security and development cooperation; In the afternoon, the main topics were counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

New Delhi “hopes to reach a consensus on all these issues” and will no longer let the Russia-Ukraine conflict dominate the meeting.

But the haze that could not be dispelled in Bangalore just four days ago has floated over New Delhi:

The United States, Europe and other countries have begun to publicly express their intention to continue to raise difficulties on the Ukrainian issue at the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

Before the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken flew to New Delhi, the US State Department announced that Antony Blinken would focus on the damage caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and encourage other countries to strengthen pressure on Russia, in addition to emphasizing the US’s “efforts to solve the food and energy security problems of developing countries”. The latter part is generally regarded as the focus of the Secretary of State of the United States.

The British Foreign Minister Cleverley and the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Borrelli also said that they would continue to target Russia at the G20 meeting.

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It was in the atmosphere of confrontation advocated by the United States and Europe that Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov flew to India last night.

Moscow will “firmly and openly talk about the causes and the perpetrators of the serious problems that have led to the world politics and global economy”. The statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry after Lavrov’s arrival is clearly pointed. Lavrov will also “clearly explain Moscow’s assessment of the North Stream pipeline explosion and the fair and true picture of the incident”.

Such tit-for-tat is likely to make India feel again what is “counterproductive”.

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In addition to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the tension between China and the United States is also considered a focus of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

Qin Gang will attend this international multilateral conference as Chinese Foreign Minister for the first time.

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When the news was released yesterday afternoon, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stressed two points about the foreign ministers’ meeting:

First, the G20 is positioned as “the main forum for international economic cooperation”. It should focus on addressing outstanding challenges in the international economic and development fields and play a greater role in promoting the recovery of the world economy and global development.

The second is to clarify China’s position once again, “willing to work with all parties to promote the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to send a positive signal on practicing multilateralism, maintaining food and energy security, and strengthening development cooperation.”.

Even with such a frank and fair statement, the individual media who hold back the provocation should also take the opportunity to play a role.

A report in the Hindustan Times on the morning of the 1st made a puzzling interpretation of China’s content that “the G20 should focus on addressing the outstanding challenges of the global economy and play a greater role in the recovery of the world economy”, saying that “China seems to support Russia’s position again”.

But isn’t this the common and strong expectation of the developing countries for the G20? Isn’t it India’s own expectation? How can China distort it into “in order to support Russia”?

Reuters reporters are familiar with such hype. In the report, they specifically mentioned that the tense relationship between Washington and Beijing “how to interpret it at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting”, including the differences on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, “will receive external attention”.

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The Agence France Presse added fuel to the story, highlighting the fact that Sino US relations are deteriorating due to the “balloon incident”, and even “supplemented” the latest provocation of the US side on Taiwan related issues. With these “backgrounds”, it speculated whether Antony Blinken and Qin Gang would meet during the G20 meeting to stimulate external attention.

It is under this logic that Japanese Foreign Minister Lin Fang is not going to New Delhi, which makes them feel “sorry”.

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A senior US official revealed to the media last week that “due to the intensification of tensions with China”, Antony Blinken will meet with the foreign ministers of Japan, Australia and India within the framework of the “four sided mechanism” during the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi this week. This foreign ministers’ meeting is also considered to open the way for the upcoming summit of leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia.

However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan confirmed this afternoon that in order to give priority to the parliamentary review of the 2023 budget, Lin Fangzheng decided to give up attending the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and instead send Kenji Yamada, Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, to go there.

Kyodo News Agency said that Lin Fangzheng had intended to “emphasize the importance of maintaining an international order based on the rule of law” in New Delhi. His absence was not only interpreted by some people in India as “Japan only attaches importance to the G7”, but also made the foreign ministers of the planned “quartet mechanism” greatly reduce the effectiveness of China’s coordination.

However, no matter how much public opinion in the United States and Europe, including India, advocates, economic cooperation is the recognized position of the international community for the G20.

The United States came with the simple instructions of “Russia must be condemned” and the hype of confrontation involving China. But this time, not only a small group of allies and partners of the United States were present, but delegations from nearly 40 countries were invited to attend. “The G20 platform will not easily agree with the views of the West on international affairs”, said Indian scholar Prasad in an article the other day.

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The United States and Europe are trying to force political issues such as “condemnation of Russia” into the G20 agenda, which is putting India into an “embarrassing situation”, said an article on Al Jazeera’s website today.

Being neutral on the Ukrainian issue and refusing to stand in line with the United States and Europe is only one of the reasons why New Delhi is embarrassed.

Another point is that India originally wanted to expand the image of a major country and its international influence by holding the rotating presidency of the G20, but now it is also overshadowed by the obsession of the West to engage in ideological and geopolitical confrontation.

New Delhi “intends to continue to represent the voice of the global South and raise relevant issues”.

The six topics it set for the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the 2nd, and even the theme “One Earth, One Family, One Future” tailored for the G20 New Delhi Summit six months later, are also relevant to the problems that need to be solved in the current world economic recovery and the hidden pain of the vast number of developing countries.

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However, India’s “ambition” is stuck in the western propaganda about the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The BBC reporter in New Delhi analyzed the “jokes” in the latest article.

Although the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors a few days ago “broke up”, the situation faced by the foreign ministers’ meeting today and tomorrow is still not much improved, the relevant Indian officials said that New Delhi will continue to make efforts at a series of meetings this year, seeking to produce a consensus document at the G20 summit in September:

Let the Bali Summit last year not be repeated in New Delhi.

A South Asian scholar pointed out that although there are still differences on some specific details, China and India are basically consistent in supporting multilateralism and focusing on world economic recovery as a major developing country.

It is also a broad consensus of most countries, including China and India, not to let the G20 be hijacked by political issues such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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