Biden in Bali for G20 summit: What to know and what to watch for

President Biden is in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday together with the leaders of most of the world’s greatest economies to attend the two-day G20 summit. The summit, which begins Tuesday, will see presidents and prime ministers wrangle over options to a litany of crises from the raging conflict in Ukraine to pressure between the U.S. and China, hovering inflation and starvation, and the specter of a worldwide recession.

As most of the leaders have been arriving in Bali recent from the United Nations’ COP27 local weather convention, the speedy warming of the planet will even be a key theme.

Below is a fast take a look at what to know and what to watch for through the summit in Bali.

What is the G20?

The Group of Twenty nations, or “G20,” is an off-the-cuff group of nations shaped in 1999 to assist formulate financial coverage.

It is made up of the world’s largest and rising economies, which collectively account for 80% of global economic output, 75% of world commerce, and about 60% of the world’s inhabitants. Those nations are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Spain is invited as a everlasting visitor and, this year, Ukraine was additionally invited to attend.

The annual management of the G20 rotates among the many members, with Indonesia in the driving force’s seat this year and thus internet hosting the gathering.

President Joe Biden and Indonesian President Joko Widodo meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022.


President Biden arrived in Indonesia on Sunday evening for a three-day keep in the nation. The White House mentioned his priorities would come with “climate change, the global impact of Putin’s war on Ukraine, including on energy and food security and affordability, and a range of other priorities important to the global economic recovery and building a sustainable and inclusive global economy.”

Mr. Biden met on Monday morning with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and expressed help for Indonesia’s management in the Indo-Pacific because the world’s third largest democracy and a robust proponent of the worldwide rules-based order.”

The G20’s measurement leaves extra room for inside disagreement than, for occasion, the Group of Seven greatest economies. The G20 has amongst its members some staunch adversaries, which might carry pressure and acrimony, but additionally a chance for senior authorities figures to focus on, and theoretically even resolve, a few of the urgent points fueling conflicts and crises.

Biden and Xi speak “red lines”

One of essentially the most anticipated direct encounters of the week was Mr. Biden’s sit-down meeting on Monday with China’s President Xi Jinping — their first in-person meeting since Mr. Biden got here to office.  

Mr. Biden and Xi shook fingers earlier than giving temporary remarks to reporters, vowing to “manage” their nations’ variations with out resorting to army escalation. Then they headed behind closed doorways.

President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at G20 Summit in Bali
U.S. President Joe Biden (R) and China’s President Xi Jinping (L) meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 14, 2022.

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“What I want to do with him when we talk is lay out what each of our red lines are and understand what he believes to be in the critical national interests of China, what I know to be the critical interests of the United States, and to determine whether or not they conflict with one another.”

The problem of Taiwan, and China’s ambition to exert management over the self-governing island, can be on the agenda, the White House confirmed.

“A war over Taiwan is no longer unthinkable, but it is by no means inevitable,” China professional Jessica Chen Weiss wrote in Foreign Affairs, arguing that extra deterrence together with extra engagement have been wanted to redefine the rivalry.

Defending Taiwan | CBS Reports


Mr. Biden’s meeting with Xi comes simply weeks after his administration’s resolution to block the export of superior computer chips from the U.S. to China. 

The Russia-Ukraine conflict

One G20 chief who was to be notably absent from this week’s summit is Russian President Vladimir Putin. More than eight months after Russia launched a full-scale floor invasion of neighboring Ukraine, Putin’s military has been dealt a collection of humiliating blows, however commanders on either side seem to be bracing for a protracted winter of grinding warfare.

Ukraine celebrates regaining Kherson area


The U.S. and Russia have held back-channel discussions on the disaster and supported a U.N.-brokered deal to preserve Russian and Ukrainian grain flowing from ports to ease the worldwide meals disaster fueled by the conflict. But because the leaders gathered in Bali, there was no indication that any actual peace talks have been about to begin.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a veteran diplomat, was attending the G20 summit in place of Putin.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was to deal with the summit nearly, the Indonesian overseas ministry mentioned, and the Russian embassy in Indonesia didn’t rule out that Putin may additionally deal with the meeting through video hyperlink.

“The G20 countries’ positions on the war in Ukraine contrast starkly, yet the conflict raises issues of global concern — economic shocks and nuclear risks — that the leaders cannot pass over in silence,” the nonprofit International Crisis Group wrote in a message to the leaders earlier than the meeting.

Economic recovery and local weather change 

“The crisis in access to food, energy and finance will be my top priority,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres mentioned forward of the G20 summit, warning that “the COVID-19 pandemic, impacts of the war in Ukraine seen in the rising cost of living and tightening financial conditions and unsustainable debt burdens, along with the escalating climate emergency, are wreaking havoc on economies across the globe.” 

The U.N. local weather summit, or COP27, continues in Egypt till November 18. Before his bilateral meeting with Xi, Mr. Biden said, “the world expects, I believe, China and the United States to play key roles in addressing global challenges, from climate changes, to food insecurity, and to — for us to be able to work together.”

At COP27, Mr. Biden instructed delegates that his administration’s actions put the U.S. on observe to obtain the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement by lowering emissions by 2030, and he pledged to proceed to present over $11 billion yearly for worldwide local weather finance by 2024.

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