US President Joe Biden expressed disappointment over reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the G-20 summit in New Delhi. He said he plans to meet him, but he is unhappy about hints of Xi’s absence. The Chinese foreign ministry has not confirmed or refused Xi’s participation in the summit. If Xi chooses not to attend, he and Biden might meet when the US organizes the APEC summit in San Francisco in November.
Tensions between China and India are rising, with the two nations at odds over their Himalayan region border and the publication of a map claiming Chinese sovereignty over Arunachal Pradesh and the Aksai Chin plateau. Chinese Premier Li Qiang anticipated to attend the summit in place of the Chinese President. US-China relations remain tense, with deep-seated differences on issues such as Taiwan, export restrictions, Chinese spying, and the balloon incident.
Biden gets “disappointed” if Xi decides not to attend the G-20 summit
The G20 summit in India appeared to be the next phase in the US’s plan to de-ice its connection with China.
Joe Biden expressed dissatisfaction
US President Joe Biden expressed disappointment over reports that his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, will not attend this week’s G-20 summit in New Delhi. When asked about hints that Xi will skip the leaders’ summit, Biden told the media in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Sunday, “I’m unhappy, but I plan to get to meet him.”
Mr. Xi’s participation in the G-20 Summit
When specifically questioned about Mr. Xi’s participation in the Delhi summit during Monday’s press briefing, the Chinese foreign ministry neither confirmed nor refused.
Potential next meeting of Biden and Xi
About their potential next meeting, Biden remained mum on the location. If Xi chooses not to go to Delhi, he and Biden might meet when the US organizes the APEC summit in San Francisco in November.
Tensions between China and India are rising
According to authorities familiar with the summit preparations who spoke on anonymity, Xi does not intend to travel to India for the summit. The choice occurred amid escalating hostilities between China and India and is likely to sour their relationship.
The announcement coincides with deteriorating ties between China and India. The two nations are at odds with one another, among other things, across their objected-to border in the Himalayan region.
India recently voiced its displeasure after Beijing published a map claiming Chinese sovereignty over the state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Aksai Chin plateau.
Chinese delegates are going to be led by Li Qiang
According to a source familiar with the situation, Chinese Premier Li Qiang will attend the summit in place of the Chinese President, and a second source claimed it would be a different unnamed government official.
G-20 Summit in Bali
When Biden and Xi last spoke, it was in November on the outskirts of the G-20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia. However, their conversation turned short when a suspected Chinese spy balloon allegedly flew over the US. Despite Washington’s rush of diplomatic visits this year to reopen communication, US-China relations remain tense.
Issues between the US and China
The two nations have deep-seated differences on several issues, ranging from Taiwan—which got worse in part by US lawmakers’ visits to the island and the President of Taiwan’s visit to the country—to Biden’s export restrictions on semiconductor technology, allegations of Chinese spying from Cuba, and the balloon incident.
The G-20 summit in India seemed likely by the US to be the next step in de-icing its connection with China. Last week, Biden said he “hopes” Xi will attend the summit.