Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Zelenskiy responds to the Biden-Xi meeting

Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed criticism of threats to use nuclear weapons, made during a meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping on Monday.

According to the White House, Biden and Xi “emphasized their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine” during their meeting on Monday.

A reading of the meeting on China’s foreign ministry website did not use the word “nuclear” but said: “Conflicts and wars do not produce a winner … and … confrontation between major countries must be avoided.”

Zelenskiy welcomed the remarks, saying: “It is important that the United States and China have jointly emphasized that threats to use nuclear weapons are unacceptable.”

He added: “Everyone understands to whom these words are addressed.”

Key events

US President Joe Biden has just arrived at the opening of the G20 in Bali. He was welcomed by the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, who then escorted the President to the main hall of the summit venue.

Now that he has arrived, the first working sessions of the summit will begin. It is at these meetings that world leaders will discuss official G20 issues.

They are then scheduled to break for lunch at around 12.30pm local time, before reconvening in the afternoon for another working session that will be closed to the press.

Britain has announced it will spend $4.9 billion on five new naval ships to bolster security “in the face of increased Russian threats.”

The announcement came as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was set to begin his first day-long official event at the G20 summit in Bali.

A statement from Downing Street reads:

Russia’s actions put us all at risk. While we provide the Ukrainian people with the support they need, we are also using the breadth and depth of British expertise to protect ourselves and our allies. This includes building the next generation of British warships.

Consumption is the next phase in the program, as part of which three ships are already under construction. All eight frigates are expected to be completed by the mid-2030s, the statement said.

A short clip from Joe Biden here before the arrival of the American president.

Biden posted a series of tweets this morning highlighting a series of diplomatic meetings that have taken place over the past few days.

This week’s trip brought together the broadest possible coalition of partners to confront this moment of major global challenges — from global inflation, to the climate crisis, to Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine.

At the G20 meetings, we will talk about the very issues that are important to people’s lives, not only at home but around the world. This forum is essential for the world’s largest economies to work together for the benefit of people everywhere and I look forward to coming together.”

This week’s trip brought together the broadest possible coalition of partners to confront this moment of major global challenges — from global inflation, to the climate crisis, to Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine.

— President Biden (@POTUS) November 15, 2022

Xi Jinping was just seen entering the main venue for today’s talks.

The Chinese leader and his US counterpart Joe Biden held their first face-to-face meeting as leaders yesterday in an attempt to ease tensions over Taiwan and trade that have seen US-China ties fall to their lowest level in decades.

Biden said he did not believe China had “imminent” plans to invade Taiwan, but opposed its “coercive and increasingly aggressive actions” toward the island in his first face-to-face meeting with Xi Jinping since they became leaders.

Xi Jinping is arriving at the G20 summit this morning.
Xi Jinping is arriving at the G20 summit this morning. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Biden also said he and the Chinese leader were “honest and clear” with each other on topics ranging from Taiwan to trade.

The meeting, which lasted more than three hours, was seen as an attempt to reduce tensions that have plunged US-China relations to their lowest level in decades.

Biden said he “absolutely believes” that a new cold war with China can be avoided, adding that he does not believe there is an “imminent attempt by China to invade Taiwan” by China.

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman also arrived for the expected talks this morning.

His participation in the summit comes at a time of strained relations with the United States over energy supplies and the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with US concerns over growing Gulf ties with China, whose president is due to visit Saudi Arabia.

Zelenskiy responds to the Biden-Xi meeting

Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed criticism of threats to use nuclear weapons, made during a meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping on Monday.

According to the White House, Biden and Xi “emphasized their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine” during their meeting on Monday.

A reading of the meeting on China’s foreign ministry website did not use the word “nuclear” but said: “Conflicts and wars do not produce a winner … and … confrontation between major countries must be avoided.”

Zelenskiy welcomed the remarks, saying: “It is important that the United States and China have jointly emphasized that threats to use nuclear weapons are unacceptable.”

He added: “Everyone understands to whom these words are addressed.”

Russian Foreign Minister and representative of Vladimir Putin, Sergey Lavrov, is now entering the summit.

Putin has said he will not attend a gathering of G20 leaders in Bali, Indonesian and Russian officials confirmed last week, ending weeks of speculation about a possible clash with US President Joe Biden.

The Russian president will be represented by his veteran foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, officials said. “President Putin’s agenda is still being worked out; he could participate virtually,” said Yulia Tomskaya, chief of protocol at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia. Putin may have wanted to avoid potentially explosive confrontations with Western leaders including Biden, events that the Russian media may not have been able to portray in his favor.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives after Vladimir Putin said he would not attend the Bali talks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives after Vladimir Putin said he would not attend the Bali talks. Photo: Willy Kurniawan/Reuters

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen canceled the meetings was scheduled to attend the G20 summit in Bali after testing positive for Covid-19, according to a statement posted on his Facebook page this morning.

Hun Sen, who is currently chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), was positive before holding any meetings including those planned with French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese leader Xi Jingping, the statement said.

Hun Sen said he would not attend “due to the safety of the delegates attending the meeting”.

It also hosted a summit of Asean and global leaders that ended Sunday in Cambodia.

Leaders are starting to arrive

Indonesian President Joko Widodo greets Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as he arrives for the G20 Leaders Summit.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo greets Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as he arrives for the G20 Leaders Summit. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images

It’s 9am in Bali and the leaders of the G20 major economies have started arriving at the main venue for the start of the summit.

There are official topics on the agenda for the day, most of which were led by the summit host, Indonesia.

Energy security and the clean energy transition for low- and middle-income countries are high on the list today. Global health security will also be discussed.

However, the talks are likely to be overshadowed by discussions of Russia’s war in Ukraine and rising global inflation.

This morning, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, told reporters that the G20 is an opportunity to “convince all partners to put more pressure on Russia.”

The Ukrainian president will address the G20 meeting

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will address the G20 summit in Bali virtually today.

Zelenskiy is likely to use this address to highlight how Russia has effectively taken tens of thousands of Ukrainians hostage by transporting them to Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not travel to the meeting of leaders, but he is represented by his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

On Monday, US President Joe Biden met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in their first face-to-face meeting as leaders. According to a White House statement about the meeting, both leaders expressed concern about Moscow’s nuclear threats.

The US readout states that “a nuclear war should never be fought” and cannot be won, and they “stressed their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.”

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the G20 summit in Bali. I’m Jonathan Yerushalmy and I’ll be bringing you all the latest information as it unfolds in the coming hours.

The leaders of the G20 countries – the world’s largest economies – will gather in Bali, Indonesia, for an annual summit that has been overshadowed by Russia’s presence during its war in Ukraine. Although President Vladimir Putin has stepped down, Russia will be represented by experienced Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Group of 20 – made up of 19 countries plus the European Union – accounts for almost two-thirds of the world’s population, 85% of world economic output and 75% of world trade.

As of 2022, the group has 20 members: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States States and the European Union.