Global Political Calendar: China-Germany-EU meeting, Japan elects new PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a virtual China-Germany-EU leaders' meeting, Japan elects a new prime minister and Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko. 

Xi attends China-Germany-EU leaders' meeting via video link 

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a China-Germany-EU leaders' meeting via video link on Monday. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will attend the meeting, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. 

Japan elects new prime minister 

Japan is planning to hold a parliamentary session on September 17 to elect the country's new prime minister following the resignation of Shinzo Abe, Kyodo News Agency reported on Sunday. 

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According to Kyodo news, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is now making final arrangements to hold its presidential election on September 14. The LDP president is virtually assured of being prime minister because of the party's majority in the lower house of parliament. 

The selection process came after Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, as well as the leader of the LDP, has announced he would resign due to his worsening chronic illness. 

Putin, Lukashenko meet amid Belarus protest 

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to hold a "working meeting" with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday. 

Lukashenko's visit will be the first to Russia by the Belarusian leader since protests broke out over his disputed election win last month. 

"Key issues of the further development of Russian-Belarusian strategic partnership and alliance are planned to be discussed," the Kremlin said in a statement. 

Day by day: 

Monday: Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a China-Germany-EU leaders' meeting via video link; Japan's ruling LDP votes on former president Abe's successor; German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein in Berlin; The WHO Europe meeting on COVID-19 response starts in Geneva (to September 15); EU Commissioner for trade Valdis Dombrovskis speaks at an online event on "EU and USA: How to build a positive agenda"; Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visits Russia and meets Russian President Vladimir Putin

Tuesday: Foreign ministers of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia visit Slovenia; Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the Republic of Austria (to September 16); European Council President Charles Michel visits Athens; The 199th anniversary of Independence of Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. 

Wednesday: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears before parliament's Liaison Committee to discuss government's response to the novel coronavirus, in particular its relation to the economy, Brexit and foreign policy; President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen lays out proposals for a post-COVID-19 world in her first State of the European Union address before the European Parliament. 

Thursday: Japan elects new prime minister in parliament: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Berlin. 

Friday: German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in Berlin. 

Saturday: New Zealand holds referendum. 

Sunday: U.S. ban on transactions with TikTok and WeChat starts.