Xi Jinping will not attend the G-20 meeting; Premier Li Qiang will represent China.

China’s President Xi Jinping will be absent from the G-20 summit in New Delhi, marking the first time he has skipped this important diplomatic event, with Premier Li Qiang attending in his place. The Chinese Foreign Ministry made this announcement without providing any specific reasons for Xi’s absence. Historically, China has considered the G-20 summit a crucial platform for shaping global order and demonstrating its growing influence.

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Xi Jinping’s recent participation in the BRICS summit in South Africa on August 24 did not include a formal bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, although they had an informal conversation on the sidelines to discuss the unresolved crisis along the Line of Actual Control.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry emphasized that Premier Li Qiang would attend the G-20 summit at India’s invitation, expressing China’s hopes for the summit to reach consensus on addressing economic and development challenges, projecting confidence globally, and fostering shared prosperity and growth.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador have also regretted their inability to attend the summit, sending their respective foreign and economy ministers as replacements. Official sources downplayed the absence of these leaders, stating that in today’s busy world, it’s not always feasible for every leader to attend every summit. This absence is not indicative of the host country’s standing, they added, pointing out that similar situations occurred at previous G-20 summits.

Negotiators are currently working on a joint statement for the G-20 summit, although achieving consensus may prove challenging. Russia and China oppose references to Ukraine, and there are other differences between developed and developing nations, particularly regarding climate financing. Additionally, Chinese officials have raised objections to certain additions made by India, including the use of the Sanskrit phrase ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.’

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