US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has urged China to take a constructive role in the upcoming G20 summit hosted by India.
China confirmed that its leader, Xi Jinping, will not attend the G20 summit, without providing specific reasons for his absence.
India is set to host the G20 summit in Delhi on September 9 and 10, amid escalating tensions between India and China.
Tensions between India and China have intensified since a deadly clash between their troops in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh in 2020.
The primary source of tension is a disputed 3,440km-long border in the Himalayas, poorly defined and leading to frequent confrontations between soldiers.
A recent diplomatic dispute arose over an "official map" released by China, which India claimed encroached on its territory.
When asked about the potential impact of India-China tensions on the summit, Jake Sullivan emphasized that it was China's choice to either disrupt or engage constructively.
Sullivan and other G20 members hope China will focus on climate issues, multilateral development bank reform, debt relief, and technology cooperation while setting aside geopolitical disputes for the sake of collaborative problem-solving and benefiting developing nations.