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Newsline: Top Chinese Diplomat Says Nobody Can Break Up the G-20 Bloc

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said no one has the power to split up the Group of 20, hitting back at suggestions Russia should be booted for invading Ukraine. Wang stressed in a meeting with Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi that the bloc “should focus on coordination of macroeconomic policies, and that it should not be politicized,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-01/top-chinese-diplomat-says-nobody-can-break-up-the-g-20-bloc) Indonesia holds the G-20’s rotating presidency. The statement added that the pair also discussed the situation in Ukraine at their meeting Thursday in Tunxi, in the eastern province of Anhui, where Wang has been sitting down with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other diplomats for talks on issues such as Afghanistan. The U.S. sent a lower level envoy. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for talks over whether Russia should be excluded from the grouping, as part of broader efforts turn President Vladimir Putin into an international pariah for the invasion. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has said the U.S. doesn’t “believe it can be business as usual” with Russia and international organizations like the G-20, and that the Biden administration would “consult with our allies and partners around the world” on the issue. While officials haven’t reached any conclusions, it’s likely that U.S. and allied leaders would refuse to attend the Indonesia summit if Putin does, one person familiar with the matter said. The person asked not to be identified because the discussions are preliminary.

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