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Policy Backgrounder : - The Geopolitical Divide Deepens—G20 and ASEAN Summits, Putin/Kim

22 Sep 2023

The G20 Summit, the gathering of the leading industrialized countries in India, offered an opportunity for the US and India to show leadership on the world stage in the absence of Presidents Putin and Xi as it displayed its growing division and the intensifying competition for the support of the Global South. [...] • Admittance of the 55 nation African Union as the “21st member” of the group, orchestrated by India’s Prime Minister Modi, also reflects the growing influence of the global South and the growing competition between the G-7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the European Union) and the newly expanded BRICS (originally Brazil, Russia, India. [...] Speculation swirled as to whether Xi missed the meeting because of India-China tensions or domestic problems at home; but Xi’s absence offered the host, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the stage to show leadership of the developing world in Xi’s absence as India pursues a policy of “multi-alignment”—a member of the US-led Quad, the G-20 but also a member of BRICS and of the Russian-Chinese-le. [...] The expansion of the G-20 reflects the growing influence of the global South and the growing competition between the G-7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the European Union) and the newly expanded BRICS (originally Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to influence the G-20 agenda. [...] Announcements on the Sidelines of the G20 In a divided world symbolized by the absence of Presidents Putin and Xi and with conflict over the Ukraine war preventing agreement on any communiques during India’s presidency of the G20 before the meeting, many of the Summit’s achievements took place on its sidelines in new bilateral and multilateral announcements.

Authors

Nicholson, Jessica

Pages
6
Published in
United States of America

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