Xi Jinping, Chinese President, to skip G20 summit in Delhi.

On September 2, it was reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping is highly likely to skip the upcoming G20 summit in India, with Premier Li Qiang slated to represent China at the event. This decision aligns with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s prior communication to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, indicating his absence at the summit due to his focus on a “special military operation” in Ukraine. Notably, President Putin had also opted out of the G20 summit in Bali in November of the previous year.

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Several leaders have previously chosen to skip G20 summits for various reasons, emphasizing that such decisions do not reflect negatively on the host country. India, as the current G20 president, is hosting the annual summit in New Delhi on September 9 and 10. Additionally, President Xi is foregoing attendance at both the ASEAN and East Asia summits in Jakarta the following week.

Regarding reports of potential non-attendance by other heads of state at the G20 Summit in India, it’s emphasized that fluctuations in global summit attendance occur due to the diverse demands on leaders’ time in today’s world. Notably, from 2008 onwards, there have been 16 physical G20 summits, along with one virtual summit in 2020. Only the first three summits in 2008 and 2009 had full attendance at the Heads of State (HOS) or Heads of Government (HOG) level. Since 2010, attendance has varied, with six instances of representation below HOS/HOG-level from a single member country and five instances where two countries had such representation.

The G20, comprising 20 member countries and the European Union, collectively represents a significant portion of the global economy, trade, and population, further highlighting the importance of these summits in addressing global challenges.

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