It’s official: Xi Jinping to skip G20 summit

Xi Jinping to skip G20 summit
Xi Jinping to skip G20 summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping will not come for the G20 summit, official sources confirmed Saturday but said it won’t affect the event in any way. US President Joe Biden had expressed hope earlier this week that Xi would show up at the event.

Xi has participated in all in-person G20 summits except in Italy in 2021 because of, as Chinese authorities said, China’s own Covid regulations.

An official source said though that the level of attendance at global summits varies from year to year. “In today’s world, with so many demands on the leaders’ time, it is not always possible for every leader to attend every summit. From time to time, many leaders skip summits for their own reason,” he said.

Indian authorities don’t believe that the absence of any leader from a summit like the G20 is a reflection on the host.

“The most glaring example here is the 2021 G20 Summit in Italy… where there was no major geopolitical or health reason for leaders to skip it, but the circumstances happened in such a way that six countries attended below head of state/head of government level,” said a source.

There have been 16 physical summits of the G20, and one virtual summit (Saudi Arabia, 2020). There were two summits each in 2009 and 2010.

“Out of these 16 physical summits, except the first three summits in 2008 and 2009, there has never been a single occasion from 2010 till now when every country has attended at HOS/HOG level,” he added. Apart from Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Mexican president also won’t be attending the summit. Government sources recalled that the Mexican leader has not participated in any G20 summit since 2018. [MSN]

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