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Biden to take advantage of Putin and Xi's absence at the G20 summit - CNN

Biden to take advantage of Putin and Xi's absence at the G20 summit - CNN Photo: President of the United States Joe Biden (Getty Images)

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, will take advantage of the absence of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and the leader of China, Xi Jinping, at the G20 summit to improve America's relations with developing countries, reports CNN.

The media states that this year's summit will be dedicated to developing countries and climate change. Biden, on the other hand, intends to focus on supporting such countries and countering the growing military and economic aggression from Russia and China.

Biden's primary goal at the G20 will revolve around proposed reforms to the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, as well as increasing funding for institutions focused on supporting developing countries.

But beyond specific reforms, representatives of the administration hope that Biden's presence at the summit and his focus on strengthening banks will send a message of the United States' commitment to these countries.

"Having the United States coming to the table and saying, ‘OK, we know that we need to be responsive to the needs of developing countries’ is something that we think is really important to our leadership," said US national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

The contrast between Biden's presence at the summit, which includes a number of developing countries, and Xi's absence will also give the American President an opportunity to underscore the U.S.'s support for these nations.

"With the Chinese president not there, the participation by President Biden will stand out and it will send a message to the region and to the world that the US commitment is solid, and China probably has other fish to fry," said Yun Sun, a senior fellow and director of the Stimson Center’s China program.

For Biden, the absence of Xi and Putin means both a missed opportunity and an opening, as all three are competing for influence on the world stage, according to CNN.

"Yet without Xi there, Biden’s centerpiece proposal to reform global lending institutions like the World Bank – in part to counter what the US calls coercive lending practices by China – are unlikely to be met with leader-level resistance from Beijing," the media wrote.

G20 Summit

The summit in New Delhi is scheduled for September 9-10, where, among other things, a meeting between Xi and Joe Biden was supposed to take place. Biden expressed his "disappointment" at his Chinese counterpart's refusal to attend the summit.

Ukraine did not make the list of invited countries to the G20 summit. Organizers explained that this format was allegedly not created to discuss security issues.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will also be absent, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov representing Russia in his place.

By the way, according to Bloomberg, the absence of Xi and Putin will also be used by the EU to intensify its work with countries in the so-called Global South through high-level meetings with African leaders.