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China’s Xi Skips Another Summit, Plans G-20 Video Address

  • Leader of No. 2 economy has stayed home during pandemic
  • China is battling virus outbreak that has hit half of country
Xi Jinping waves while visiting a residential community of relocated residents in Dongying, Shandong Province, China, on Oct. 21.
Xi Jinping waves while visiting a residential community of relocated residents in Dongying, Shandong Province, China, on Oct. 21.Photographer: Li Xueren/Xinhua/Getty Images
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Chinese President Xi Jinping will address a Group of 20 summit this weekend via video link, continuing his preference to stay home as his government takes a zero-tolerance approach to fighting the coronavirus.

Xi will make an “important speech” to the meeting in Rome, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement Friday. The event will be attended by U.S. officials including President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.