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Modi to Meet Abe and Trump for the First Time Ever in Trilateral Meeting. The first ever meeting of the heads of government of India, Japan and the United States will take place on Friday along the side lines of the G20 meeting in Argentina.  Prime Minister Modi will separately also attend a joint meeting with the heads of state of Russia and China at the summit in a sign of India’s growing diplomatic and economic profile in the world.

India and Pakistan Lay Foundation for Historic Corridor. Earlier this month, leaders of India and Pakistan laid the foundation stones for the construction of the Kartarpur corridor, which will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to a holy site in Pakistan.

Voting Underway for the Madhya Pradesh State Elections. In late November, voting commenced for state elections in Madhya Pradesh, India’s second largest state, where the BJP has been in power for 15 years.  Additionally, voting also commenced in the North Eastern state of Mizoram.

President Trump Renews China Tariff Threats Ahead of G20 Summit.  US President Donald Trump said that he is likely to go ahead with a hike on tariffs imposed on Chinese goods.  The comments come as he is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the side lines of the G20 summit.

New Reefs Being Built in South China Sea.  China installed a new platform on a remote part of the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea which could be used for military purposes, according to recent satellite images reviewed by a U.S. think tank.

Study Funds China’s Birth Rate Continuing to Decline.  China’s birth rate is set to decline further this year as well as over the next few years, despite the country’s 2016 move to relax its controversial “one-child policy”.  China’s elderly population is expected to reach 400 million by the end of 2035 putting the country’s health services and pension funds under immense strain.