As India is engaged in elaborate preparations in hosting the G-20 Summit scheduled on September 9 and 10, China has announced that president Xi Jinping will not be attending it.
According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Premier Li Quiang will stand in the summit. It however, did not give any reason why President Xi chose to skip it.
With the announcement just weeks after president Xi skipped a key event at the BRICS summit held in South Africa on August 22-24, various analyses are being made following China’s regional relation as well as China-US tension.
“It is a reasonable decision to send Li, who is in charge of the country’s economic policy, to represent China at the G20, which is intended as a platform to discuss international economic and financial issues,” said Wang Yiwei, an international relations professor at Renmin University, as quoted in South China Morning Post.