China asks G20 to prioritize development cooperation, strengthen multilateralism

Beijing, Nov 23 (EFE).- Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang participated in the G20 virtual summit Wednesday, where he spoke of the importance of cooperation in development and strengthening multilateralism to address global challenges.

Li urged G20 members to reject the politicization of development issues and implement practical measures agreed at the group’s 2022 summit in New Delhi, state news agency Xinhua reported Thursday.

“The current path to global economic recovery remains difficult,” the prime minister said.

The politician also called for closer coordination, the revitalization of multilateralism and attention to the concerns of developing countries in the reforms of the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.

China’s participation in the G20 Summit was significant, reflecting its growing role in the global economy.

“China is committed to working with other countries to address global challenges and build a better future for all,” Li said during his appearance.

This G20 online meeting had generated special interest due to the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin as it was his return to the international sphere after three years of absence as a result of the invasion campaign launched by his country against Ukraine.

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict, as well as the Palestinian-Israeli war, and especially the catastrophic situation in the Gaza Strip, focused the conversations during this group summit, although Li did not mention either of the two in his speech according to local media.

Li represented Beijing at the telematic summit in place of President Xi Jinping, who, as happened in September at the group’s last in-person summit held in New Delhi, was not present.

Xi, who has maintained a busy diplomatic agenda since the strict “zero Covid-19” policy was dismantled at the beginning of the year in China, did participate in other G20 virtual summits in previous years.

Analysts from China pointed to the numerous territorial conflicts Beijing has with New Delhi as another reason to Xi would prefer to delegate his prime minister to represent China while India holds the rotating presidency of the bloc.

The virtual G20 meeting hosted by India is the last organized under the presidency of the country, as Brazil will take over the leadership of the bloc from Dec. 1. EFE


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