Chinese President Xi Jinping departed from Beijing on a special plane to attend the 17th G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia on the morning of November 14 at the host's invitation.
President Xi was accompanied by his wife Madame Peng Liyuan, Ding Xuexiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the CPC Central Committee General Office, Wang Yi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, state councilor and foreign minister, and He Lifeng, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, among others.
On the afternoon of November 14 local time, the plane carrying Xi arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport on the island of Bali. Indonesia's Coordinator for Cooperation with China and Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Governor of Bali Wayan Koster and other Indonesian senior officials warmly greeted Xi at the airport.
Saluting honor guards flanked the red carpet, and local youngsters dressed in festive traditional costumes played the Indonesian traditional musical instrument Gamelan while dressed-up young ladies performed Bali's traditional Pendet dance. Local students waved Chinese and Indonesian national flags and chanted "Welcome, welcome" in Chinese.
Those accompanying Xi arrived on the same plane.
Lu Kang, China's ambassador to Indonesia, also came to the airport to greet the arrivals.
From the airport to the hotel where Xi and his wife will be staying, locals flocked to the roadside and waved Chinese and Indonesian national flags to express a warm welcome.
Themed "Recover Together, Recover Stronger," the G20 Summit will highlight strengthening the global health architecture, accelerating sustainable energy transition and promoting digital transformation.
The summit will be followed by the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting in the Thai capital, Bangkok.