China: Xi Jinping will not attend the G20 Summit in India

Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be elected G20 Summit traveling to India. Instead, Premier Li Qiang will lead the Chinese delegation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said.

The reason for Xi’s absence was not initially given. The meeting is scheduled for next weekend New Delhi happen.

However, China’s head of state was present at a meeting of the Brics group of countries in late August. Xi also met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi there. However, relations between the two countries remain tense: India recently expressed clear criticism of China following an official statement from China published maps claim large areas of the Himalayas, which India considers its national territory.

Three years ago there was a fierce clash between Chinese and Indian troops, killing twenty Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers. Other debates include trade and the growth of strategic relationships India to America. India recently replaced China as the world’s most populous country, with competition in the fields of technology and space exploration.

Joe Biden is disappointed

US President Joe Biden Already expressed disappointment with the decision before it was officially confirmed: “I’m disappointed, but I can still see him,” Biden said, without providing further information. Last week, EU officials announced that Xi had no plans to travel to New Delhi. The last time the two heads of state met was in November, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Bilateral relations between China and the US are currently tense due to trade disputes, the future of Taiwan, and China’s growing presence in the South China Sea. America has tried in recent months to normalize working relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, European countries hope to persuade New Delhi’s India and China to criticize Russia more harshly over the war in Ukraine. According to Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin will not take part in this year’s summit, as he did last year in Bali. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in his place.

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