Global Political Calendar: China-EU leaders' meeting, RIC talks and more
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the 22nd China-EU leaders' meeting via video conference, foreign minister-level trilateral RIC (Russia-India-China) meeting through video conference, and the delayed World War Two Victory Day parade finally takes place in Russia.
First official meeting between Chinese and new EU leaders
Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Michel and von der Leyen via video, according to China's foreign ministry.
China and the EU have made efforts to reschedule their high-level dialogues amid COVID-19. The leadership meeting was earlier scheduled to take place in March in Beijing.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are set to hold a video conference on Tuesday.
Moscow said on Thursday that the three foreign ministers would exchange views on global political, economic and financial trends following the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunities for cooperation to help them weather the crisis, according to local news reports.
Two months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin postponed the Victory Day parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over the Nazis in World War Two, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A mass procession called The Immortal Regiment was also postponed as part of measures to stem the spread of the virus.
Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday, traditionally observed on May 9 every year. Troops from 18 more foreign countries including China, India, the U.S., the UK and France would march alongside the personnel from the Russian armed forces to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the great victory.
Day by day:
Monday: China's Premier Li Keqiang meets European Union leaders online; U.S. Special Presidential Envoy Marshall Billingslea starts arms control talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Sergei Ryabkov in Austria.
Tuesday: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hosts a virtual meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar.
Wednesday: Polish President Andrzej Duda and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Washington; Moscow's Victory Day parade takes place; Mongolian State Great Khural election begins.
Thursday: 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War.