G20 Summit 2023 India Live Updates: As the G20 Summit kicks off in New Delhi tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his social media platform to pledge that all the countries gathered for the meet would work collectively to ensure peace around the world. “During the G20 Summit, I will be chairing sessions on ‘One Earth’, ‘One Family’ and ‘One Future’, covering a range of issues of prime concern to the world community. We will collectively work to further gender equality, women empowerment and ensure world peace,” he said. Earlier in the day, Amitabh Kant, the G20 Sherpa, said that India’s presidency and the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration will be the voice of the Global South and developing nations in the years to come.
Who has arrived and who is yet to come? Japan PM Fumio Kishida and his UK counterpart Rishi Sunak have already landed at the national capital while US President Joe Biden, Chinese Premier Li Qiang, and Australian PM Anthony Albanese, are yet to arrive. Meanwhile, Spain’s caretaker Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, will miss the G20 summit in New Delhi after testing positive for Covid-19. Other leaders arriving in Delhi today are Italian PM Giorgia Meloni, UAE President HH Shaikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron
What are the restrictions in Delhi? Delhi is now decked up to welcome foreign delegates from participating nations, and restrictions are in place across the capital (that means no Swiggy/Zomato this weekend). At Bharat Mandapam, the world leaders will come face-to-face with a magnificent statue of Nataraja, Lord Shiva in his cosmic dance, and at 27 feet, towering over the venue for the G20 Summit.
As the G20 Summit kicks off in New Delhi tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his social media platform to pledge that all the countries gathered for the meet would work collectively to ensure peace around the world. “During the G20 Summit, I will be chairing sessions on ‘One Earth’, ‘One Family’ and ‘One Future’, covering a range of issues of prime concern to the world community. We will collectively work to further gender equality, women empowerment and ensure world peace,” he said.
He added: “Rooted in our cultural ethos, India’s G20 Presidency theme, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future’ deeply resonates with our worldview, that the whole world is one family. India’s G20 Presidency has been inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented. We actively voiced the developmental concerns of the Global South.”
Speaking about the absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping, G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant said: “China is a multilateral player. In multilateral discussions, the issues are very different from bilateral issues and the Chinese discuss issues of growth, and development from their perspective. The challenge about any multilateral discussion is that you have to bring consensus across every issue as every country has a veto power. We’ve been able to work with every single country and bring them on board…”
More than a hundred Tibetan refugees staged a protest in New Delhi on Friday, demanding that the “occupation” of their country by China be discussed during the two-day G20 summit.
Global leaders have started descending upon India’s national capital for the summit, including US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. China President Xi Jinping will not be attending the gathering and will instead be represented by Prime Minister Li Qiang.
“China has captured our country, that is why we want to give a message that China is not a trustworthy country,” Gonpo Dhundup, President of the Tibetan Youth Congress, which organised the demonstration, told Indian news agency ANI.
“We place a demand before our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other global leaders to discuss Tibet during the G20 summit,” he said.
The protest on Thursday took place barely 15 kilometres (9 miles) away from Pragati Maidan, the venue of the summit, and ended peacefully. ANI footage showed protesters, ranging from young children and students to the elderly, carrying Tibetan flags and chanting slogans of “we want freedom” and “Tibet belongs to Tibetans”.