Global Economy

published : 2023-09-05

Biden expresses disappointment as Chinese President Xi Jinping skips G20 summit in India

President Xi reportedly joins Russian President Putin in skipping the global summit

President Joe Biden speaking at a press conference about the Chinese President Xi Jinping's absence from the G20 summit. [Taken with Canon EOS R5]

President Joe Biden has expressed his disappointment as Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly decided not to attend the upcoming G20 summit in India. This news comes as a blow to the efforts of improving the Washington-Beijing relations.

In response to reporters' questions in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Biden remarked, 'I am disappointed, but I'm gonna get to see him.' The U.S. President did not provide any further details.

The G20 summit, scheduled to take place in India this week, aims to foster global cooperation on various issues, including climate change and economic development.

Biden had previously met with Xi at the preceding G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2022. Since then, relations between the two superpowers have deteriorated due to various incidents, including a Chinese spy craft's incursion into the continental United States.

In an attempt to ease tensions, Biden had sent several diplomats, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, to China. However, the U.S. President has not wavered from his labeling of Xi as a 'dictator,' much to Beijing's displeasure.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken meeting with Chinese officials in an effort to improve Washington-Beijing relations. [Taken with Nikon Z7 II]

Despite the strained relationship between the two nations, Biden is set to travel to New Delhi, India, from September 7-10 to attend the G20 Leaders' Summit. The President hopes to enhance coordination with India and Vietnam and strengthen their relationships with the United States.

The White House has emphasized that discussions at the summit will encompass various global challenges, such as combatting climate change and poverty, as well as mitigating the impacts of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

While Biden is attending the summit in India, he plans to commend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the G20 as a vital platform for economic cooperation. The United States is also slated to host the G20 in 2026.

In contrast to Biden's participation, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech via video addressing the Global Trade in Services Summit in Beijing. Xi's absence from the G20 summit suggests the frosty state of bilateral relations between China and India, which have been marred by border disputes, trade conflicts, and geopolitical rivalries.

Premier Li Qiang will represent China at the G20 summit instead of President Xi, as announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcoming President Joe Biden at the G20 Leaders' Summit in New Delhi. [Taken with Sony A7R IV]

As the world's two most populous nations, India and China have been competing in various domains, including technology, space exploration, and global trade. Frictions between the two countries have escalated over time, with incidents such as the clash in the Ladakh region, leading to casualties on both sides.

India's recent surpassing of China as the world's most populous nation adds another layer of rivalry between the two nations.

This captivating turn of events at the G20 summit marks a crucial juncture in the evolving dynamics between the United States, China, and India, with global implications at stake.