World in brief: Conflict and climate loom at the G20

Joe Biden, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are all expected at Bali in November, says James Orr. Can hosts Indonesia nudge them from conflict to engagement?

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James Orr

Journalist on South Asia, the US and the Middle East, Freelance

A series of global crises forms the backdrop for the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies who are meeting in Bali on November 15 for the two-day G20 summit – from the war in Ukraine to a cost of living crisis and the heightened prospect of a global recession.

The guest list, confirmed by Indonesia in August, is extraordinary in that it includes Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, and Vladimir Putin, the embattled Russian president, who recently threatened nuclear escalation in his war in Ukraine after suffering heavy losses. Joe Biden, the US president, is also expected to attend in person, while Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s president, will make an appearance remotely.

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