Chinese President Xi not to attend G20 Summit; Premier Li to head delegation: Foreign Ministry

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend the G20 Summit in New Delhi this week and the delegation will be led by Premier Li Qiang, the foreign ministry announced here on Monday.

At the invitation of the government of the Republic of India, Premier of the State Council Li Qiang will attend the 18th G20 Summit to be held in New Delhi, India on September 9 and 10, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said in a brief statement.

Spokesperson Mao did not provide any reason for President Xi’s absence from the high-profile conclave hosted by India for the first time.