China’s Xi Won’t Attend G20 Summit, Biden Disappointed

After Beijing confirmed Monday that Chinese PM Li Qiang will lead China’s delegation at the summit of the Group of 20 nations in New Delhi, meaning Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend, President Joe Biden said on Sunday he’s disappointed by his absence.

Biden, who will visit India from Sept. 7-10 as his administration seeks to strengthen US relations in Asia, followed by a trip to Vietnam, added that he was going to “get to see Xi” nonetheless.

As two administration officials told NBC News last week, the two leaders may meet around the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) conference in San Francisco in November, but no official sit-down has been nailed down yet.

Commenting on his trip to Asia, Biden said that he wants a little more coordination, noting that it can be very helpful that both India and Vietnam want much closer relations with the United States.

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