President of Indonesia, Xi and Putin at the G20 summit - Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the G20 Summit in Indonesia. This was announced by the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, in an interview with Bloomberg. "Xi Jinping will come. Putin also told me he will be there," said the Indonesian leader. It is the first time that Widodo has confirmed the presence of the two presidents at the November summit. In recent months, Joe Biden has called for Russia to be kicked out of the G20 in response to its invasion of Ukraine. And several officials in the US administration pressured Widodo not to invite Putin to the summit.

The presence of Xi and Putin at the meeting, if confirmed, would create a sort of showdown with the American president, Joe Biden, and other Democratic leaders: in fact, they would all meet in person for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine left on February 24, just a few weeks after Putin and Xi declared their "unlimited" partnership in Beijing. Putin and Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo discussed preparations for the G20 summit in Bali in a phone call on Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement, without mentioning the leader's participation. Putin's presence could bring him face to face with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, invited to Bali for the first time since the attack on Moscow. "The rivalry of the big countries is really worrying," said Widodo, 61, during the interview. "What we want is for this region to be stable, peaceful, so that we can build economic growth. And I am thinking not only of Indonesia: Asian countries also want the same thing." As the rotating president of the G20, Indonesia has tried to balance the ties between the major powers, resisting pressure to exclude Russia from the meetings. In the wake of the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said the world "needs wisdom and responsibility to maintain peace and stability", while stressing that it respects the policy of ' The only China expressed by other Southeast Asian nations. The Indonesian president dismissed concerns that US-China tensions over Taiwan could spill over into the South China Sea, saying nations should instead focus on managing food, energy and pandemic crises. "Indonesia wants to be friends with everyone," she said. "We have no problems with any country. Each country will have its own approach. Each leader has its own approach. But what Indonesia needs are investments, the technology that will change our society", concluded Widodo.