BEIJING — At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, leaders of G20 members, some guest countries and international organizations will attend the 11th Group of 20 (G20) summit from Sept 4 to 5 in China’s eastern city of Hangzhou, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Aug 24.
Spokesperson Lu Kang said the leaders of G20 members include Argentine President Mauricio Macri, leader of Brazil, French President Francois Hollande, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Park Geun-hye, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Jacob Zuma, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister Theresa May, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Lu said the leaders of some guest countries include Chad’s President Idriss Deby Itno, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Lu said the leaders of some international organizations include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevedo, International Labor Organization Director General Guy Ryder, Financial Stability Board Chairman Mark Carney and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary-general Angel Gurria.
The Hangzhou summit invites the most developing countries in the G20 history, said Lu, adding that “it represents the inclusiveness of the meeting with both developed and developing countries sitting together as equal partners.”
The voices of developing countries will be fully heeded during the summit, said Lu.
This shows the major changes of the international economic regime that developed and developing countries can have equal consultations and make decisions on international economic affairs, he said.
“This is in line with the trends of history and is a historic progress,” Lu said.