“Xi Jinping will come. President Putin has also told me he will come,” he said, according to Bloomberg.
The White House has not formally announced Biden’s travel to Asia for the summit, but officials say he is expected to attend.
US and Chinese officials have been working quietly to arrange the first face-to-face meeting between Biden and Xi since Biden took office, with an eye toward November’s string of summits in Asia: the G20 in Bali, a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders in Cambodia and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Thailand.
At the G7 meeting, in particular, leaders discussed ways to demonstrate a united front against Russia at the November conference, according to officials.
Biden has said Russia should be expelled from the G20, and senior members of his administration have walked out of G20 events where Russian officials were present.
But boycotting the G20 summit was not given serious consideration since Biden and his team did not want to appear to be ceding the table to Putin.