President Joe Biden expressed his disappointment that Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the upcoming G20 Summit in India.
Biden shared his concern in a response to reporters in Delaware this week.
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"I am disappointed, but I’m gonna get to see him," Biden told reporters in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, without elaborating, according to Fox News.
"White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced on Aug. 22 that Biden will travel to New Delhi, India, from Sept. 7-10 to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit," it added.
President Biden says that he was disappointed that Chinese President Xi was not attending the summit of G20 leaders in India, but added that he was going to “get to see him.” https://t.co/eiHcpbxSkw
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"Beijing confirmed Monday that Premier Li Qiang will lead his country’s delegation at the summit in New Delhi, meaning Xi will not attend," NBC News reported.
"China hopes the summit can consolidate consensus, convey confidence and promote development, spokesperson Mao Ning told a news conference," it continued.
It is also expected that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G20 summit next week in India, removing two of the top countries from having their key leaders at the event.
The trip will be another opportunity for Biden to connect with India's leader Modi who has been friendly with the White House during his term.
The Indian leader has been controversial globally as he has cracked down on outside influence and pushed Indian nationalism that has often opposed the human rights and religious freedoms of India's people.
The summit will also certainly address the issue of Ukraine as the world's attention remains focused on Russia's invasion of the former Soviet republic.