Students of Gurukul School of Art pose with portraits of G20 heads of state drawn for the upcoming G20 summit, in Mumbai, India, 05 September 2023. EFE/EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI

China expresses support for India in hosting G20 summit despite Xi’s absence

Beijing, Sep 5 (EFE).- China on Tuesday expressed support for India in hosting the upcoming G20 summit and committed to working with all parties to ensure its success in the Indian national capital.

“We support India in hosting this year’s summit and stand ready to work with all parties to make the G20 summit a success,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a press conference.

While insisting on the significance of the conference, Ning said that the G20 was a major forum for international economic cooperation.

“China has always attached high importance to (G20) and actively participated in relevant activities,” she said about the summit, scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Sep. 9-10.

Despite recent border disputes between the two neighboring countries, she said that China-India relations have remained “stable on the whole” as the two nations have maintained dialogue and communication at various levels.

“The continued improvement and growth of China-India relations serves the common interests of the two countries and two peoples. We stand ready to work with India to further improve and advance bilateral relations,” she underlined.

The statement comes a day after China announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping would not attend the G20 conference in India and instead, Prime Minister Li Qiang would represent China at the event.

According to Indian media reports, US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are among the G20 leaders who have confirmed their participation in the G20 Summit.

China’s confirmation of Xi’s absence from the G20 conference has ruled out the possibility of a meeting between the Chinese president and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, in the Indian capital.

Biden had told US media that it would be “disappointing” if Xi did not participate in the G20 meeting in India.

The Chinese president has traveled outside China only two times this year, one to Moscow in March, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and another to attend the BRICS summit in South Africa in late August. EFE