G20 Summit 2023: If China wants to play the role of ‘spoiler’, that option is available, says White House

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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the G20 Summit in New Delhi this week and the delegation will be led by Premier Li Qiang,  
  • China’s foreign ministry announced on Monday as it expressed Beijing’s readiness to work with all parties to make the high-profile meeting a success. 
  • It is for China to decide what role it plays at the G20 Summit 2023 in New Delhi, a top US official has said, asserting that if Beijing wants to come in and be a spoiler, that option is available to it. 
  • President Biden will call for a just and durable peace founded in respect for international law, principles of the UN Charter, and the precepts of territorial integrity and sovereignty. 
  • The US will spotlight the progress that we’ve been making on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment, PGI. 
  • The United States is looking forward to hosting the G20 in 2026,” he said. 
  • The United States will make it clear that we remain committed to the G20, as a critical forum for all of the major economies of the world to come together for global problem-solving,” 
  • Ironically, the absence of Putin and Xi leaves the field open to Biden to dominate the agenda as well as the airwaves -Experts. 

India is hosting the annual G20 Summit in New Delhi on September 9 and 10. At the G-20 Summit, Sullivan said President Joe Biden will be clear that the United States expects real progress.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the G20 Summit in New Delhi this week and the delegation will be led by Premier Li Qiang, China’s foreign ministry announced on Monday as it expressed Beijing’s readiness to work with all parties to make the high-profile meeting a success.

At the invitation of the Government of India, Premier of the State Council Li will attend the 18th G20 Summit to be held in New Delhi, India on September 9 and 10, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said in a brief statement.

US National Security Advisor Sullivan was responding to a question at a White House news conference on the impact of India-China border tensions on the G20 Summit. “As far as the question of tensions between India and China affecting the (G20) summit – really that’s up to China. If China wants to come in and play the role of spoiler, of course, that option is available to them,” he said.

“What I think the Chair, India, will encourage them to do what we, the United States and every other member, virtually every other member of the G20 will do, is encourage them to come in, in a constructive way on climate, on multilateral development, bank reform, on debt relief, on technology and set aside the geopolitical questions and really focus on problem-solving and delivering for the developing countries,” Sullivan said.

“In addition, we’ll spotlight the progress that we’ve been making on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment, or what we call PGI. We’ll have some announcements that we’re excited about. Now, we know that there will be continued focus on how the G20 deals with Russia’s illegal and ongoing war in Ukraine,” he said.

As he has done before, President Biden will call for a just and durable peace founded in respect for international law, principles of the UN Charter, the precepts of territorial integrity and sovereignty, “he said.

“Last but not least, and this is important, you’ll see that the United States will make it clear that we remain committed to the G20, as a critical forum for all of the major economies of the world to come together for global problem-solving,” he told reporters. At a moment when the international economy is suffering from historic and overlapping shocks, it is more important than ever to have a working forum with the world’s largest economies to deliver meaningful outcomes, Sullivan said.

“So, in a sign of that commitment, the United States is looking forward to hosting the G20 in 2026,” he said.

Meanwhile, an eminent American expert said that China’s decision to skip the G20 Summit in New Delhi points to a troubled state of India-China relations

“Ironically, the absence of Putin and Xi leaves the field open to Biden to dominate the agenda as well as the airwaves. He can be expected to press for stronger measures against Russia, on clean energy transition, and on measures to deal with crushing debt among developing nations- the vast amount of which is held by China,” Russel said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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