Joe Biden disappointed that Xi may skip G20
President Joe Biden stated that he is disappointed that his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will not be attending the G20 summit next week in New Delhi. Biden conveyed this to various media outlets on Sunday.
“I am disappointed, but I will meet with him regardless,” Biden said when asked for his reaction to reports that Xi will not participate in the leaders’ meeting of the world’s twenty largest economies, scheduled for September 9th and 10th in the Indian capital. Chinese Premier Li Qiang will attend the summit in New Delhi, as announced in Beijing on Monday.
According to sources from Bloomberg, Xi is reportedly planning to skip the summit. Recent tensions between China and India have escalated due to a border conflict in the Himalayas.
Biden did not specify where he and Xi might have the opportunity to meet. It is possible they may have a chance in November when the United States hosts a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in San Francisco.
The last time Biden and Xi spoke was on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November. At that time, there was tension between the two superpowers over an alleged Chinese spy balloon that crossed into the United States.