Global Political Calendar: Eyes on Xi-Trump meeting as G20 begins
All eyes will be on Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump as the two meet during the Group of 20 Summit in Japan’s Osaka, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo starts Asia tour and follow-up FOCAC meeting opens in Beijing.
Pompeo will embark on a four-nation visit, to India, Sri Lanka, Japan and South Korea, from June 24 to 30 in an effort to strengthen partnerships with the countries and to advance the goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
Pompeo will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, then travel to Osaka to participate in the G20 summit, and meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe together with Trump. After G20, he will accompany Trump to South Korea and meet President Moon Jae-in.
Ministerial-level officials from China and 54 African member states will attend the meeting. The event will consist mainly of opening and closing ceremonies, a plenary session, a joint press conference, a welcome banquet and a dialogue between heads of Chinese financial institutions and African coordinators.
Party and state leaders of China will attend important activities and hold group or bilateral meetings with African delegates. A joint declaration will be released regarding the outcomes and consensus reached during the meeting.
Monday: Chinese Foreign Ministry holds a presser on Xi’s G20 visit, Pompeo embarks on a four-nation tour in Asia, follow-up FOCAC meeting takes place in Beijing (to June 25), French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe meets Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.
Tuesday: Pompeo visits India, an “economic workshop” is set for Bahrain (to June 26) to start U.S. “Deal of the Century” project, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a news conference ahead of defense ministers' meeting.
Wednesday:NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron visits Japan ahead of G20.
Thursday: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits Pakistan (to June 28).
Friday: G20 summit opens in Japan’s Osaka, Informal BRICS leaders' meeting starts on the margins of G20 summit.