President Joe Biden concluded his meetings on Sept. 10 at the Group of 20 (G20) summit, which was held in India’s capital, New Delhi, after paying tribute to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, alongside other world leaders.
The president left India to travel to Vietnam, where he was to announce a strengthened partnership with the communist nation on Sept. 10.
The president traveled to Asia at a time of intensifying competition between the United States and China. This year’s summit revealed heightened tensions between two powerful countries, as evidenced by Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s absence from the summit and Beijing’s objections to the United States hosting the G20 summit in 2026.
Some argue that Mr. Xi’s absence means that the regime is abandoning the G20 and establishing an alternative world order. To counter that notion, President Biden sought to fill the void left by Mr. Xi at this year’s summit by presenting the United States as a more reliable partner than China and capable of uniting the world’s richest countries around common goals, including providing “non-coercive” development financing options to developing countries.