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Biden ‘disappointed’ Chinese leader is snubbing G20 in India

 September 5, 2023

President Joe Biden has expressed disappointment at Chinese President Xi Jinping's decision to skip the upcoming G20 summit in India.

Biden on Sunday conveyed his unhappiness about Xi's decision not to attend the forthcoming summit. Speaking from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, he said, "I am disappointed, but I’m gonna get to see him." The nature of this meeting remains uncertain as the president did not provide further details, as reported by Fox News.

White House confirms Biden's India visit

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made it known on Aug. 22 that Biden will travel to New Delhi, India, between Sept. 7-10 to participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

This announcement has garnered attention, especially in light of the previous meeting between Biden and Xi.

The two leaders last encountered each other at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November 2022.

Declining U.S.-China relations

Ties between D.C. and Beijing have soured since that meeting, especially after a Chinese spy craft was spotted traveling across the U.S. mainland earlier this year.

In response, President Biden dispatched various diplomats, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to China. Their mission seemed designed to alleviate rising tensions.

In a conversation with reporters after attending mass at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church Sunday, Biden also acknowledged being informed about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's latest video announcement.

Zelenskyy stated that he would ask the Ukrainian parliament to remove Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov from his position this week.

However, the U.S. president refrained from commenting further on this development.

Goals for Biden's Asia visit

When queried about his objectives for the trips to India and Vietnam, President Biden stated:

I want a little more coordination. I think they both want closer relations with the United States and that could be very helpful.

According to the earlier announcement from the White Hosue, during the summit, Biden, along with other G20 partners, aims to focus on addressing a series of global challenges.

These include the transition to clean energy, addressing the impacts of Putin’s actions in Ukraine, and bolstering the capabilities of multilateral development banks like the World Bank to combat poverty more effectively.

During his stay in New Delhi, the U.S. president intends to commend Indian Prime Minister Modi for his leadership of the G20.

The White House also confirmed Biden's commitment to the G20 as a pivotal economic collaboration platform, revealing plans for the United States to host the gathering in 2026.

China's representation and existing tensions

Meanwhile, in Beijing on Saturday, Xi addressed the Global Trade in Services Summit of the 2023 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) via video conference.

His decision to not attend the G20 summit in India underscores the cool bilateral relations between China and India.

It has been revealed that Premier Li Qiang will represent China at the G20 summit instead, according to an official statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Relations between China and India have been marked by distrust, primarily due to their contested border.

The past saw severe tensions culminating in a clash in the Ladakh region three years ago, resulting in the death of 20 Indian soldiers.

Both nations have also evicted journalists from the other country, further highlighting the strained ties.

These two Asian giants have also become competitors in areas including technology, space exploration, and global trade.


  • President Joe Biden has expressed disappointment over Xi Jinping's absence from the G20 summit in India.
  • The U.S.-China relationship has faced challenges recently, notably after the sighting of a Chinese spy craft in U.S. airspace.
  • Biden's India visit aims to address global issues including climate change and the consequences of Putin's actions in Ukraine.
  • Tensions between India and China persist due to their disputed border and competition in technology and trade.