Chinese and Russian leaders Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin will attend the G20 summit on the resort island of Bali next November, a longtime adviser to the Indonesian president said on Friday.
Andi Widjajanto, a former cabinet secretary and unofficial adviser to President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, told Reuters the two leaders would join the summit.
“Jokowi told me that both Xi and Putin are planning to attend Bali,” Widjajanto, who heads the National Institute of Resilience, told Reuters.
On Thursday, Jokowi told Bloomberg News that both leaders had given him their assurances. Indonesian presidential officials did not respond to requests for confirmation of the article.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment on the matter. A Kremlin spokesman declined to comment to Bloomberg, but another official familiar with the situation told the news agency that Putin plans to attend the meeting in person.
The trip would be significant given that it would be Xi’s first time leaving China since January 2020, when he visited Myanmar.
China maintains a “zero contagion” policy that has practically closed its borders to international travel.
Since then, Xi made his only trip outside mainland China on June 30, visiting Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the territory’s handover from British control.
Xi is expected to secure an unprecedented third term during the Communist Party’s congress in the fall, likely before traveling to Bali for the G20 meeting in mid-November.
The dates of the party congress have not been announced, but the last two took place in late October and early November.
Chinese officials are also apparently making plans for a November meeting in Southeast Asia between Xi and US President Joe Biden, who is expected to attend the G20 summit in Bali, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.
As head of the G20 this year, Indonesia has faced pressure from Western countries to withdraw its invitation to Putin over his country’s invasion of Ukraine, which his government calls a “special military operation.”
Indonesia has also invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to attend the Bali summit.
Jokowi has tried to position himself as a mediator between the warring countries and in recent months has traveled to meet with the Ukrainian and Russian presidents to call for an end to the war and seek ways to alleviate the world food crisis.
This week, Jokowi said that both countries have accepted Indonesia as a “bridge of peace.”