China Calls for ‘Consensus’ to Address Global Challenges as India Set to Host G-20 Virtual Summit


China on Tuesday called for building “consensus” to address global challenges as India is all set to host a virtual G-20 leaders’ summit on Wednesday, which will be chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“In the face of the volatile international situation and sluggish economic recovery, it is all the more important for the G20 to reinforce partnership, address global challenges through cooperation and make positive contribution to world economic recovery and global common development,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said in a news conference.

“China hopes that the virtual summit can pool consensus and send positive signal to this end,” she added.

Leaders of all G-20 Members including the chair of the African Union, as well as nine guest countries, and heads of 11 international organizations, have been invited to the summit, which is expected to push for “effective implementation” of various G-20 decisions, according to the Indian Foreign Ministry.

China has said that Premier Li Qiang will attend the summit.

“The virtual summit will take forward key, select outcomes / action points from the New Delhi Summit as well as review developments since then,” the Indian Foreign Ministry said.

“The deliberations of the 2nd Voice of Global South Summit, held on 17 November 2023, will also feed into the discussions,” it added.

In September, during the closing session of the New Delhi G-20 Summit, Modi had announced that India would be hosting a virtual G-20 leaders’ summit prior to the conclusion of India’s G-20 Presidency in November.

During the two-day summit, the bloc had adopted a consensus declaration that called on states to refrain from seizing territory through the use of force, admitted the African Union as a G-20 member and made commitments on several issues, including food and energy security, climate change and global debt vulnerabilities.

Xi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had given a miss to the New Delhi summit.

India holds the G-20 Presidency until Nov. 30 from where Brazil will take over the chair.

Source : aa