China’s Xi Jinping to skip G20 Summit in India

China’s Xi Jinping to skip G20 Summit in India

CHINESE Premier Li Qiang will lead the delegation representing China at the G20 Summit this weekend.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will skip the international gathering of world leaders for the first time since the summit was held in 2008.

Li is considered as China’s second-ranking leader.

The premier and other Chinese delegates will represent the country for the two-day G20 Summit on September 9 and 10 in the Indian Capital of New Delhi.

The ministry announced Xi’s absence from the international gathering as tensions simmer between China and the host country India over their disputed border and New Delhi’s growing ties with the United States.

Both countries are also members of the grouping of fast-emerging economies known as Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS).

Russian President Vladimir Putin will also skip the summit and will be represented instead by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

As international observers presumed Xi’s absence from the event as a snub to India, China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has not indicated the exact reason for Xi’s non-attendance to the international gathering of world leaders.

The G20 Summit consists of the world’s 19 wealthiest countries plus the European Union. The bloc accounts for 80 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and about two-thirds of the world population.

 

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