Chinese Premier to Participate in India’s Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit

Last Updated: November 21, 2023, 15:24 IST

Chinese Premier Li Qiang, right, speaks during a meeting with ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa, not shown, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, July 11, 2023. (Reuters)

Chinese Premier Li Qiang joins the G20 Leaders’ Summit via video link hosted by India. Get updates on global discussions and outcomes

Chinese Premier Li Qiang is set to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit via video link on Wednesday being hosted by India. During the closing session of the New Delhi G20 Summit on September 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India would be hosting a virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit prior to the conclusion of India’s G20 Presidency.

“At the invitation of #India, Chinese Premier #LiQiang will attend the #G20 Leaders’ Summit via video link on Wednesday: Chinese Foreign Ministry,” said Ji Rong, Counsellor, Department of Asian Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“In pursuance of this announcement, a virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit, chaired by the Prime Minister, will be held on 22 November 2023. Leaders of all G20 Members including the Chair of the African Union, as well as nine Guest countries, and Heads of 11 International Organizations, have been invited,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on November 18.

It may be recalled that the New Delhi G20 Summit witnessed the unanimous adoption of the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration. The MEA earlier said the Virtual Summit will take forward key, select outcomes/action points from the New Delhi Summit as well as review developments since then.

The deliberations of the 2nd Voice of Global South Summit, held on November 17, will also feed into the discussions, the ministry said. The Virtual G20 Summit is also expected to push for effective implementation of various G20 decisions, including through relevant national and international platforms. India holds the G20 Presidency until November 30 this year.

(With input from Shalinder Wangu)

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