As a PR train, the G20 summit in New Delhi was a masterclass by Narendra Modi.
At occasions, the Indian prime minister regarded like he’d been anointed, fairly than merely the most recent rotating host.
He is the leader du jour, the much-needed strategic counterweight in a divided world.
Members seem so drawn to his financial, army and bridge-building potential, they’re prepared to place apart issues about his nationalist politics at residence.
However some argue the G20 is now nothing greater than a speaking store.
And this 12 months’s summit, they are saying, has supplied little concrete progress on tackling local weather change or wealth inequality.
In addition they declare there may be little element in regards to the new financial hall between India, the Center East and Europe.
And but, it appears like most members really feel like they acquired one thing out of this summit.
Most critically, they averted failure.
However you want solely to take a look at the passing of the baton to see how fragile this group is.
President Lula of Brazil has already promised Russian chief Vladimir Putin wouldn’t be arrested in Brazil if he attends the Group of 20 assembly in Rio de Janeiro subsequent 12 months.
Interviewed on the sidelines, Mr Lula additionally mentioned he’d be attending a BRICs bloc of growing nations assembly in Russia earlier than the following gathering.
This can be a new period in world politics.
The facility dynamics have modified, and western dominance is being closely examined.
The Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomed the wording on Ukraine, principally, in fact, as a result of it didn’t condemn or hardly mention Russia.
He declared: “Due to the consolidated place of the worldwide south defending its respectable pursuits, it was attainable to forestall the success of the West’s try to once more ‘Ukrainise’ all the agenda.”
In a information convention because the summit ended, French President Emmanuel Macron tried to hit again, saying the G20 “helps territorial integrity in UN charters”, calling that “the other of what Russia is doing”.
Canada’s Justin Trudeau additionally weighed in, saying that if it had been as much as simply him, the language on the Ukraine conflict within the joint declaration would have been stronger.
However the G20 has modified irrevocably and its members additionally know, over the following couple of years, they could nicely need to combat for its survival.