List of at­tend­ing for­eign lead­ers un­veiled

China Daily (USA) - - TIBET - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­

Bei­jing un­veiled a list of for­eign lead­ers and in­ter­na­tional agency chiefs in­vited to at­tend the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit in eastern China’sHangzhou city next month, and many lead­ers and their en­voys have pledged to help China to make the sum­mit a suc­cess.

Lead­ers of G20 mem­bers set to ar­rive in Hangzhou in­clude US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, Repub­lic of Korea Pres­i­dent Park Ge­un­hye, and Japanese PrimeMin­is­ter Shinzo Abe, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said onWed­nes­day.

Dur­ing his meet­ing with For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi in Tokyo onWed­nes­day, Abe said the upcoming sum­mit is of great sig­nif­i­cance for the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the global econ­omy.

Ja­pan hopes that the sum­mit will be a suc­cess and is ready to pro­vide as­sis­tance within its ca­pac­ity, Abe added.

The ROK For­eign Min­is­ter Yun Byung-se told Wang on Wed­nes­day in a meet­ing in Tokyo that Seoul will “fully sup­port” China’s host­ing the sum­mit, and it will work with Bei­jing and help en­sure the sum­mit is a con­trib­u­tor to world eco­nomic growth.

The heads of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions at­tend­ing in­clude UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon, World Bank Pres­i­dent Jim Yong Kim, and In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Chris­tine La­garde, Lu said.

The lead­ers of guest coun­tries at­tend­ing the events in­clude Chad’s Pres­i­dent Idriss Deby Itno, Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah al-Sisi, Kazakh Pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev, Lao­tian Pres­i­dent Bounnhang Vo­ra­chit and Sene­galese Pres­i­den­tMacky Sall.

Chad takes the chair­man­ship of the African Union this year, while Laos will take the chair of the 10-mem­ber As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Nations and Thai­land will chair the Group of 77 this year.

The Hangzhou sum­mit has in­vited the largest num­ber of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in G20 his­tory, said Lu, ad­ding that “it rep­re­sents the in­clu­sive­ness of the meet­ing with both de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries sit­ting to­gether as equal part­ners”.

In ad­di­tion to the five guest coun­tries men­tioned above that have been con­firmed by For­eignMin­is­terWang Yi ear­lier this month, Lu added that other lead­ers in­vited in­clude Sin­ga­porean Prime Min­is­ter Lee Hsien Loong, Span­ish PrimeMin­is­terMar­i­ano Ra­joy and Thai PrimeMin­is­ter Prayuth Chan-ocha.


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