Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to skip the upcoming G20 leaders’ summit in India, dampening hopes for a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.
This move could also be interpreted as a slight against host India, indicating China’s reluctance to confer influence on its fast-growing southern neighbour while China’s own economic growth moderates.
Premier Li Qiang is projected to represent Beijing at the September 9-10 gathering in New Delhi, as disclosed by two Indian officials and backed by sources from another G20 nation, according to reports by Reuters.
Spokespersons for the Indian and Chinese foreign ministries refrained from commenting on the matter.
Li is additionally expected to attend an assembly of leaders from East and Southeast Asian nations in Jakarta, Indonesia, from September 5 to 7, as reported by Kyodo.
Initially deemed a possible platform for a Xi-Biden meeting, the India summit aims to mend strained relations between the two superpowers due to trade and geopolitical disputes. President Biden, who has confirmed his attendance, previously engaged with Xi during the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, in November.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia has already opted out of the New Delhi summit, designating Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as his representative.
A senior Indian government official confirmed that Xi’s absence is anticipated, with Premier Li as the likely substitute. Similarly, sources from China, including foreign diplomats and another G20 country’s government official, indicated that Xi is unlikely to attend the summit.
Although informed by Chinese officials, these sources were not privy to the reason behind Xi’s expected nonattendance.
Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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