President Jokowi confirmed that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the G20 Summit in Bali in November. Photo/Time
“Xi Jinping will come. President Putin also told me that he will come,” Jokowi said in an interview with Bloomberg as quoted from BBCFriday (19/8/2022).
This is the first confirmation that the two leaders will attend the G20 summit and will be the first global summit since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions in Taiwan.
It will also be the first time Xi Jinping has left China since January 2020 when the country closed its borders at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, he has only left China to mark the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China on July 1 this year.
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The summit which will be held in November will be eagerly awaited considering that the President of the United States (US) Joe Biden is also expected to attend. But it is not clear whether he will meet with Putin.
But reports have hinted there could be a face-to-face meeting between Biden and Xi, ahead of the summit or on the sidelines.
Relations between Washington and Beijing have soured over human rights, trade and US politician Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan. The historic trip prompted China to conduct nearly a week of military exercises around the self-ruled island, which it claims as part of its territory.
The US itself condemned the drills, which Taiwan described as rehearsals for invasion, as “irresponsible”.
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