Biden expressed his disappointment over reports that Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, will not attend this week’s G20 Summit in India. Biden said, “I am disappointed but I will see him,” when reporters asked about Xi’s absence from the G20 Summit.
Biden didn’t elaborate on where he could see Xi next.
Biden made his comments after several media reports said last week that Xi would not likely be attending the G20 Summit in New Delhi. Biden’s announcement last week that he would be attending the summit is another chance for the U.S., as a counterbalance against China, to strengthen cooperation with Indo Pacific allies. Last week, Biden stated that he “hoped” Xi will attend the summit. The event was largely viewed as an opportunity to ease tensions between China and the U.S. The two leaders had their first face-to-face meeting at the G20 summit last year in Bali, Indonesia. During the meeting, Biden advised Xi that their countries must manage their differences in order to avoid conflict. Tensions have risen between the U.S., China, and other countries on a variety of issues including espionage and technology. These tensions have been exacerbated by multiple close military encounters in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait and recent reports of China operating a spy base on Cuba at least since 2019. Jake Sullivan, White House national security advisor, said Biden would visit India for the summit from September 7-10. He will also attend bilateral meetings with world leaders. Sullivan, however, did not reveal which leaders. In recent months, several U.S. officials including Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Secretary of State Antony Blinken as well as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited China to try to improve the relationship with China. All rights reserved.
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