Explained: Why China's Xi Jinping is skipping the G20 summit

China's President Xi Jinping will not be attending the G20 summit in Rome, Italy.

This is the first time in the G20's history that a Chinese leader will not be present at the summit.

Xi's absence is being seen as a snub to the Italian government, which has been trying to improve ties with China.

It is also being seen as a sign of China's growing assertiveness on the global stage.

China has been increasingly critical of the G20, which it sees as dominated by Western powers.

Xi's decision to skip the summit comes amid tensions with the US and other Western countries over issues such as human rights and trade.

China has also been facing criticism over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and its policies towards Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Xi's absence is likely to be felt at the summit, as China is the world's second-largest economy and a major player in global politics.

However, China will still be represented at the summit by Vice Premier Han Zheng.

The G20 summit is expected to focus on issues such as climate change, the global economic recovery, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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