Chinese President Xi’s Schedule Filled with Overseas Summits and Diplomacy in June
May 28, 2019 (EIRNS)—China’s President Xi Jinping has a schedule of high-profile summits and meetings next month in Eurasia, and other Chinese leaders are very active in diplomacy as well. Most of these multinational occasions have been planned long ago, but South China Morning Post, in reporting on them, states that the Chinese government will be making a diplomatic offensive over the next few weeks, in reaction to the trade conflict and other tensions between the U.S. and China.
Over June 6-8 in Russia, Xi will address the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
June 13-14, Xi will visit Bishkek, the Kyrgyzstan capital, for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, where the leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India, as well as observer nations, including Iran, will be meeting.
June 15-16, the Chinese President will join fellow national leaders attending the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. CICA, which comprises 27 member states internationally, was founded by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 1992.
June 26-28, he will attend the G20 summit is Osaka, Japan, where President Xi could hold a meeting with President Donald Trump on the summit sidelines.
Over May 26-28, Vice-President Wang Qishan has been on a three-day visit to Pakistan before he heads to the Netherlands and Germany, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. He met May 26 with Pakistani President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad. Following talks between the delegations, they signed various bilateral agreements on agriculture, customs and disaster relief. The Pakistani officials said that the visit would expedite the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, one of the Belt and Road groundbreaking projects. On May 27 Wang went to Lahore, in Punjab province, Pakistan’s second-largest city, to meet officials and visit Chinese investment centers there, including the Haier-Ruba Economic Zone.