13th September 2023, Mumbai: The recent stay of the Chinese G20 delegation at Delhi’s Taj Palace hotel was marked by a series of unusual incidents, as reported by the Times of India. These events have raised eyebrows and generated intrigue during their visit.
Trouble in Paradise by Chinese Delegates
One of the puzzling incidents involved the bags carried by the Chinese delegates. These bags were described as having unusual dimensions, sparking suspicions. However, they were classified as diplomatic baggage, and hotel staff was instructed to clear them. Yet, an alert staff member reported finding “suspicious equipment” inside one of the bags, leading to a 12-hour drama.
Chinese Side Denies Obligations
The hotel authorities wanted to scan the bag to determine its contents, but the Chinese side resisted this. Despite their resistance, the Indian security team did not yield and maintained their vigil outside the room where the suspicious bag was located. After extensive deliberations, it was eventually decided to send the bag to the embassy. The contents of the equipment remained a mystery as it was transported to the embassy.
Chinese Delegation Demanded Private Network
In addition to the bag incident, the Chinese delegation made another unusual demand. They requested a private network for their internet connection, refusing to use the hotel’s internet. The hotel declined this request. These demands added to the intrigue surrounding the delegation’s stay.
Chinese Delegation at G20
The presence of the Chinese delegation at the G20 summit in India raised questions, as President Xi Jinping chose to send Chinese Premier Li Qiang as the representative. However, India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, clarified that this choice wasn’t seen as a snub, as each country decides the level of representation at such events. He emphasized that the success of India’s G20 presidency should be measured by the contributions and outcomes of all participating countries. The New Delhi Declaration, which was agreed upon by all participants, was considered a positive signal by China and marked the overall success of India’s G20 presidency.
By Yashika Desai