“Biden expresses disappointment over reports of Xi potentially skipping India G20 Summit.”

US President Joe Biden expressed his disappointment regarding reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to skip the G20 summit in New Delhi. Biden mentioned his eagerness to meet Xi, though he didn’t specify the location. There’s a potential opportunity for a meeting in November during the US-hosted APEC conference in San Francisco.

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Xi’s decision not to travel to India for the summit, as shared by anonymous officials familiar with preparations, occurs amid increasing tensions between China and India, likely worsening their relations. Instead, Chinese Premier Li Qiang is expected to represent Xi, though the precise replacement remains undisclosed.

The last interaction between Biden and Xi was during the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November. Progress in their discussions was hampered by an incident involving an alleged Chinese spy balloon breaching US airspace. Fundamental disagreements persist on issues such as Taiwan, exacerbated by US lawmakers’ visits to the island and Taiwan’s president’s trip to the US, as well as Biden’s semiconductor technology export bans, reports of Chinese surveillance in Cuba, and the balloon incident.

Several high-ranking officials from the Biden administration have made trips to China in recent months in an attempt to improve bilateral relations, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, climate envoy John Kerry, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. The US had hoped that the G20 meeting in India could serve as a step toward thawing the US-China relationship. Biden expressed his hope for Xi’s attendance at the summit last week.

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