Speculation grows over Xi Jinping’s G20 absence
10 September 2023 | 4:56 pm
China's head of state and party leader has attended every G20 summit in the last decade. For the one coming up in India, he will be sending someone in his stead.
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine is likely to overshadow G20 talks in India. There is concern that a new Cold War looms. And many countries in the Global South are seeking a chance to redefine their relations with the West.
The G20 foreign ministers are meeting in New Delhi, with Russia's invasion of Ukraine dominating the discussion. Other topics on the agenda include the climate crisis, food security and debt relief for poorer nations.
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A G20 tourism meeting has begun under tight security in India-administered Kashmir, as New Delhi seeks to project an image of normality in the contested territory. Pakistan and China slam New Delhi's move.
US officials hope Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to China will lower tensions with Beijing. In what was seen as a special gesture, announced at the last minute, the top US diplomat met China's head of state.
The US president said it his Chinese counterpart was upset because he didn't know a balloon shot down over the US had been blown off course, something that was "embarassing for dictators."
After not attending the BRICS summit in South Africa, Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans to travel to India for the G20 summit, the Kremlin says.
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