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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (right) wear matching red shirts at a dinner on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa

From China and Russia’s blue batik to UK and Canada’s red shirts, world leaders show their colours at G20 Summit in Bali

  • Politicians gathering to discuss world events dressed semi-casually in Indonesian batik shirts, with the exception of France’s Emmanuel Macron, that is
  • The UK’s Rishi Sunak and Canada’s Justin Trudeau wore matching red, while Xi Jinping and Russia’s foreign minister were both in blue

Global leaders seemed to leave politics aside, at least for one night, at the Group of 20 Summit held on the Indonesian island of Bali.

This is the 17th year the meeting of leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies has taken place. As always, it opened with a welcoming dinner, this time held at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.

In spite of tensions running high among world leaders – who convened to discuss issues such as rising inflation, the war in Ukraine and divisions between the US and China – they put formalities aside for the alfresco dinner.

As often happens at these meetings, they all wore garments that gave a nod to the host country, in this case long-sleeved batik shirts dyed in floral or botanical patterns.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a blue batik shirt, and his wife, Peng Liyuan, attend the welcoming dinner at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Bali, Indonesia. Photo: EPA-EFE/Willy Kurniawan
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends the summit, also in blue, on behalf of President Vladimir Putin. Photo: EPA-EFE/Willy Kurniawan

Some politicians looked to have coordinated their looks, perhaps reflecting political allegiances.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for instance, both wore bright red shirts and even posed for a selfie with Fifa president Giovanni Infantino.

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Meanwhile, persona non grata Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, who attended on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, wore a blue shirt that inadvertently matched the one worn by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who attended with his wife, Peng Liyuan.

Avoiding any possible fashion faux pas, US President Joe Biden skipped the dinner altogether. The one leader who truly missed the mark was, ironically, the one from the world’s most fashionable country, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who ditched the dress code and showed up in a white shirt paired with tailored trousers.
Sunak, meanwhile, stayed true to his love for luxury shoes: he wore a pair of Tod’s Gommino loafers in blue suede, having made headlines recently for sporting a similar pair from Prada while visiting a construction site in the UK.