G-20 Summit | Sunak to meet Xi, first U.K.-China summit in nearly 5 years

Leaders have lined up to hold talks with U.K. PM Rishi Sunak, including U.S. President Joe Biden

November 16, 2022 05:27 am | Updated 08:57 am IST - Indonesia

Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrives for a formal dinner, during the G-20 Summit, in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, on November 15, 2022.

Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrives for a formal dinner, during the G-20 Summit, in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, on November 15, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 on Wednesday, the first such summit in nearly five years, Downing Street said.

Mr. Sunak will urge a “frank and constructive relationship” between London and Beijing, Downing Street said in a statement.

“The challenges posed by China are systemic and they are long-term,” the statement added, citing Beijing’s “authoritarian leadership intent on reshaping the international order”.

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But the key issues being discussed at the G-20, including the global economy and food and energy security, cannot be resolved “without coordinated action by all the world’s major economies. That includes China”.

Mr. Xi has stolen the spotlight at the G-20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on only his second overseas trip since the pandemic.

Leaders have lined up to hold talks with him, including U.S. President Joe Biden, who spent around three hours discussing how to lower the temperature on their superpower rivalry before the summit began.

Mr. Sunak said he would encourage China to use its position “responsibly” and “underline the importance the U.K. places on defending human rights”, citing Hong Kong and Xinjiang specifically.

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