Biden Expresses Disappointment Over Xi’s Absence from G20 Summit

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U.S. President Joe Biden has voiced his disappointment at the decision of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to forego the upcoming G20 summit in India.

During a press briefing on Sunday, Mr. Biden stated, “I am disappointed… but I am going to get to see him,” without specifying when this meeting might occur.

Beijing officially announced on Monday that Premier Li Qiang would lead China’s delegation at the Delhi summit, scheduled for later this week.

Messrs. Xi and Biden last convened at the G20 summit in Indonesia in the previous year.

Despite numerous diplomatic efforts by Washington this year aimed at rekindling dialogue, tensions persist in U.S.-China relations.

China’s foreign ministry neither confirmed nor denied Mr. Xi’s attendance at the Delhi summit when queried during Monday’s press conference.

“A Chinese delegation led by Li Qiang will participate in the G20 summit,” affirmed a foreign ministry spokeswoman, emphasizing the summit’s significance as a global economic forum. She noted that China has consistently accorded importance to such gatherings and actively participated in related events.

However, reports citing unnamed sources knowledgeable about the matter indicated last week that Mr. Xi had no intention of attending.

This development unfolds against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between China and India. Among various issues, the two nations are engaged in a contentious standoff along their disputed border in the Himalayan region.

Just last week, India lodged a protest following China’s release of a map asserting territorial claims over the state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Aksai Chin plateau.

Messrs. Xi and Biden may still have an opportunity to converse in November during a meeting of leaders from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in San Francisco.

Approximately two months after their last meeting in Indonesia’s Bali, an alleged Chinese surveillance balloon flying above U.S. skies dashed hopes of a reset in bilateral relations, delaying dialogue revival efforts by several months.

Disagreements persist between the two countries on a range of issues, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, human rights concerns in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, territorial disputes involving Taiwan and the South China Sea, and economic constraints limiting Beijing’s access to advanced technology components.

In pursuit of improved relations, several high-ranking U.S. officials have journeyed to China in recent months, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Meanwhile, Mr. Xi has continued to present Beijing as a leader of the developing world, rallying support for an alternative to the dominant world order led by Washington.

During a visit to South Africa last month to meet with leaders of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), he criticized Western “hegemony” and encouraged developing countries to “shake off the yoke of colonialism” in his speeches.

Six new countries – Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – are set to join BRICS in January, viewed widely as a diplomatic success for Beijing.

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