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Jake Sullivan calls out China and Russia for skipping G20


Jake Sullivan calls out China and Russia for skipping G20 and argues world leaders are ‘sophisticated’ and will understand why Biden may show up at COP26 without his own climate deal among Democrats

  • White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called out Russia and China for skipping the upcoming G20 meeting in Rome 
  • ‘I would point out that neither China nor Russia would be attending the summit in person at the leader level,’ he said
  • Biden leaves Thursday for Rome to attend the G20 and then heads to Scotland for the UN Climate Summit COP26
  • Sullivan also expressed confidence world leaders would understand why President Biden may show up at COP26 without a climate deal from Dems 
  • ‘I think you’ve got a sophisticated set of world leaders who understand politics in their own country and understand American democracy,’ he said 


White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called out Russia and China on Tuesday for skipping the upcoming G20 meeting in Rome as President Joe Biden prepares to sit down with his fellow world leaders.

‘I would point out that neither China nor Russia would be attending the summit in person at the leader level. Largely it seems due to COVID-19. The US and Europe will be there and they’ll be there energized and united at both the G20 and COP25, driving the agenda, shaping the agenda as it relates to these significant international issues,’ he said at a briefing at the White House.

Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Chinese President Xi Jinping are attending the mass gatherings of world leaders in Rome and Scotland, citing COVID 19 concerns.

The United States has taken hard line stances with both countries as it tries to combat China’s growing economic might and Russia’s actions in cyber space.  

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called out Russia and China for skipping the upcoming G20 meeting in Rome

President Joe Biden leaves Thursday for Rome to attend the G20 and then heads to Scotland for the UN Climate Summit COP26

President Joe Biden leaves Thursday for Rome to attend the G20 and then heads to Scotland for the UN Climate Summit COP26

White House officials are organizing a one-on-one meeting between Biden and Xi, which Sullivan said would take place by the end of the year. It will be a virtual meeting.

‘They will be able to sit as close to face to face as technology allows to see one another,’ Sullivan said. ‘President Xi and has chosen not to attend these summits. He’s chosen not to leave China at all in calendar year 2021 to see anything.’

Sullivan also expressed confidence fellow world leaders would understand why President Biden may show up at the UN climate summit COP26 without a climate deal of his own from his Democrats. 

‘I think you’ve got a sophisticated set of world leaders who understand politics in their own country and understand American democracy,’ he said. 

Biden is struggling to finalize a deal among Democrats on his multi-trillion social spending plan, which funds programs for education, health care and to combat climate change.

But moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin objected to Biden’s signature clean energy proposal, citing his home state’s coal industry. In the evenly divided 50-50 Senate, Biden needs every Democratic vote. 

The White House is now looking at beefing up clean energy incentives to appease the West Virginia senator. 

Sullivan previewed Biden’s European trip ahead of the president’s scheduled departure on Thursday. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not attending the G20 nor COP26

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not attending the G20 nor COP26

Chinese President Xi Jinping also is not attending the G20 nor COP26 but Biden will hold a virtual meeting with him before the end of the year

Chinese President Xi Jinping also is not attending the G20 nor COP26 but Biden will hold a virtual meeting with him before the end of the year

President Biden will meet with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican

President Biden will meet with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican

Biden will first stop in Rome to meet with the pope and attend the G20. The president will meet with Pope Francis, who he’s met four times previously, on Friday at the Vatican. 

Also on Friday Biden will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron to sooth French anger over the AUKUS alliance, which saw Australia dump a contract with France for diesel submarines in exchange for a one for nuclear submarines from America.

Then the president will attend the G20 – an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries with the world’s largest economies and the European Union – on Saturday and Sunday. 

While there, Biden will push his global minimum tax, which he hopes will pay for part of his trillion-dollar congressional agenda. 

‘A global minimum tax something that would be on the agenda. That is a key part of the agenda at the G20. We’re working to get 135 or more countries to agree to that,’ Sullivan said. 

Domestic issues will also be on the agenda.

‘He’ll be laser focused on supply chains and energy prices because he knows that these issues impact working families here in America,’ Sullivan said.  

Biden will spend Monday and Tuesday in Scotland to attend the COP26 enivronmental talks. 

While there  the president will will advance a ‘high standards climate-friendly alternative’ to China’s Belt-and-Road global infrastructure initiative. 

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