Biden and Xi Jinping won't attend G20 summit where Putin is scheduled to speak - Bloomberg

Oleh TymchenkoWorld
Premier Li Qiang will take part in the video summit instead of Xi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a virtual meeting of the Group of 20 leaders on Wednesday, at which Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin is scheduled to speak. US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the summit.

This was reported by Bloomberg. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that Premier Li Qiang would take part in the video summit instead of Xi.

It is noted that today's meeting is taking place as Modi concludes India's presidency of the G20.

The Indian leader used the one-year term, which expires this month, to demonstrate the South Asian country's growing global influence ahead of the 2024 national elections, in which Modi will run for a third term as prime minister.

At the same time, Indian Foreign Minister Vineet Kwatra said at a briefing the day before that the vast majority of G-20 leaders would attend the video meeting.

U.S. President Joe Biden is skipping the summit, and the Kremlin has confirmed that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will address the gathering of world leaders.

India is hoping to review the progress made during its year of presidency, when it prioritized support for emerging economies as a key agenda item.

In addition, the group also developed compromise language on Russia's invasion of Ukraine during the leaders' summit in September. Since then, however, the war between Israel and Hamas has exacerbated the divide between the developed world and the Global South.

As a reminder, Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in the United States for the first time in six years. On November 15 in San Francisco, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit , he met with White House Chief of Staff Joe Biden.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations between their countries at the military level. This step was confirmed by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

President Biden described the conversation with his Chinese counterpart as "one of the most constructive and productive discussions." According to him, the talks focused on issues in the interests of both countries, as well as global challenges, including the war launched by Russia against Ukraine.

In turn, Xi Jinping, after his meeting with US President Joe Biden, noted that Beijing intends to build and maintain exclusively partnership relations with Washington. Neither side is interested in confrontation and conflict between the two largest economies in the world.

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