G20: Biden and Xi All Set To Host Bali Summit

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  • Indonesia is South-East Asia’s only G20 member and the first in the region to host the summit.
  • Expand Autoplay President Sheikh Mohamed arrives for the G20 Summit in Nusa, Bali.
  • During the summit, about 1,400 electric vehicles will be used to shuttle delegates, journalists and security personnel.

The G20 summit, which will be held in Indonesia this year, will bring together the most influential people in the world to talk about the consequences of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the frozen disputes between North and South Korea, as well as China and Taiwan as reported by National News.

Finding consensus

It is anticipated that the summit, which will take place on the island of Bali on November 15 and 16 (Tuesday and Wednesday), will find consensus despite divergent viewpoints on the food and energy crises made worse by the conflict in Ukraine, skyrocketing prices, and climate change.

Indonesia is the only G20 member in South-East Asia and the first country to host the summit. India will receive the presidency, which it will hold beginning on December 1.

Aside from the members, Indonesia has also invited the UAE, Singapore, Cambodia, and Ukraine to the summit.

All talk and no action?

While the G20 is sometimes viewed as being all talk and little action, excitement in this year’s meeting was strong since it would be the first time since Moscow’s assault that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy would share a stage.

But now that Mr Putin has decided to send Sergey Lavrov as his replacement and to skip the summit entirely, attention is focused on the meeting between the presidents of the US and China. When Mr Biden was vice president in 2015, he already knew Mr Xi.

With disagreements between the two leaders over trade, human rights, Taiwan’s status, and other topics, about 13,000 attendees will be watching with interest. On Sunday, Mr Biden reiterated that the US will “compete fiercely” while maintaining lines of communication open and preventing conflict.

In recent years, China has carried out the greatest military build-up in history, and the Biden administration has placed restrictions on Beijing’s ability to get vital technology for its developing semiconductor sector.

3 key topics

On the sidelines of the summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have meetings with the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and France.

All told, 17 leaders of state from the forum, including Mr Biden and Mr Xi, will gather at Nusa Dua in the southern region of the island.

The Apurva Kempinski, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, the Tahura Ngurah Rai Mangrove, and the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation are a few of the places where the events will take place.

After a recent visit to a summit location, Indonesian President Joko Widodo stated, “I have reviewed the facts.” “We are prepared to receive the visitors.”

Elon Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, and Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, will also attend B20, the G20’s business summit.

Rather than attending the meeting in person, Mr Musk will likely participate virtually.

The pandemic has an impact on every sphere of society, including health, education, and trade, thus this year’s summit will concentrate on three key topics: global health architecture, sustainable energy transition, and digital transformation.

Recover Together, Recover Stronger

With the slogan “Recover Together, Recover Stronger,” Indonesia wants to guarantee fair access to Covid-19 vaccinations and encourage sustainable and inclusive economic development through small business engagement and the digital economy.

42,000 travellers are anticipated at Bali Airport during the summit.

There will be more than 18,000 security officers on duty, 14,300 of them will be from the military and the remainder from the police.

Additionally, 14 warships will be berthed close by.

In order to stop incidents from happening during the summit, the police will utilise more than 2,300 CCTV cameras with facial recognition technology, according to Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who is in charge of the G20 activities organising committee.

Work from home

The 4.3 million people who live in Bali have been advised to work from home in the days before the event, especially those who live close to the arena.

Three neighbourhoods close to Nusa Dua have been encouraged to ask students and employees to study and work from home.

For the 10 roads leading to the location, the police have put in place an odd-even policy. On even days, vehicles with number plates that end in an odd number cannot travel, and the reverse is true.

Around 1,400 electric vehicles will be utilised to transport summit attendees, media, and security personnel.

Residents have been advised to stop flying kites, which frequently get entangled in electricity poles and result in power outages, in order to prevent any supply disturbance.


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Source: National News


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