This weekend, world leaders will gather for the G20 summit in India. However, the absence of two key players will be conspicuous. Both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have canceled it.
The United States, he wrote, would use this vacuum to its advantage The New York Times.
Among other things, President Joe Biden wants to strengthen relations with host country India. With Xi and Putin out of the way, he will also have the space to argue with other world leaders that they should side with the United States on matters condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine and slowing China’s increasing aggression in the Indo-Pacific region.
The United States believes it is important for cooperation
US President Joe Biden arrived in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Friday with clear plans for the meeting. The background for them is the increasing military and economic aggression of China and Russia, and the US desire to enhance cooperation with developing countries.
We hope this G20 summit will show that the world’s largest economies can work together even in difficult times, says US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, according to the British Daily Mail. CNN.
Biden said earlier this week that he was disappointed Xi Jinping could not attend.
For the first time since 2013
It was previously expected that Vladimir Putin would not participate in the summit, as he is wanted internationally for war crimes in Ukraine. As an alternative, Russia sent its foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.
On the other hand, the fact that Chinese Head of State Xi Jinping stayed at home has caused many people to be surprised.
This is the first time ever that the Chinese leader, who took power in 2013, has not attended the G20 meeting. Instead, Li Qiang, the country’s prime minister, will represent China’s interests. This came, according to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, today, Monday.
Xi’s absence led to a torrent of rumors among experts. Many speculate about his health, while others believe more complex conditions are the root cause.
Beijing is under increasing pressure as a result of its close relationship with Russia. Some analysts have pointed out that Xi is avoiding the G20 meeting in part out of solidarity with Putin Watchman.
Others point to the strained relationship between China and India as a reason for the president staying home.
The competition between the two superpowers is formidable, both economically and militarily.
Uncertainty about the statement
During the previous summit, the leaders did not reach a joint statement. It is to be expected whether this meeting will have the same fate.
Particularly uncertain is the circumstances surrounding the war in Ukraine, where neither Russia nor China will accept a statement distancing itself from the war.
Last year’s summit was dominated by disagreements among G20 nations over how to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Among other things, India abstained from voting in favor of UN resolutions condemning the invasion, and it has bought unprecedented amounts of Russian oil over the past two years.
India and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host the summit this weekend. The meeting will be largely about finances.
The G20 consists of 19 countries and the European Union. Together, these regions account for 80% of the world’s total production and 60% of the world’s land area.
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