US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will maintain a virtual meeting “in the afternoon” on Monday, November 15the White House said Friday amid mounting bilateral tensions over Taiwan, human rights and trade.
“The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage competition” between the two powers, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“At all times, President Biden will make America’s intentions and priorities clear and will be clear and forthright about our concerns with the People’s Republic of China,” added.
Relations between the world’s two largest economies have deteriorated in recent weeks, particularly on Taiwan, whose territory China claims, which last month carried out a record number of air raids near the island.
Washington has repeatedly voiced its support for Taiwan, but The United States and China reached a surprise agreement on the climate at a summit in Glasgow.
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, had affirmed this week that the two presidents, who have not met in person since Biden took office in January, they would have virtual conversations “soon.”
When asked about the meeting at a news conference on Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry said that the two heads of state had “agreed to maintain frequent contacts through multiple means ”.
“Currently, China and the United States are in close communication on the specific arrangement for the leaders’ summit ”Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.
Biden and Xi they have spoken on the phone twice ever since the veteran Democrat moved into the White House on February 11 and September 9, and the US president has never hidden his desire to meet personally with the Chinese leader.
Biden had hoped to meet Xi at a recent Group of 20 summit in Rome, but the Chinese leader has not traveled since the start of the covid-19 pandemic nearly two years ago, citing health reasons, although he agreed to hold bilateral virtual talks before the end of the year.
The president of United States largely ratified the tough attitude toward Beijing of his predecessor Donald Trump. They both agree that a rising China is the main challenge of the 21st century for their country.
What’s more, Washington condemns the “genocide and crimes against humanity” carried out by Beijing in the repression of Uighur Muslims and other minorities in the Xinjiang region.
Thursday, Xi warned of the danger of a return to the divisions of the Cold War era in Asia-Pacific, speaking at a virtual business conference held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit hosted by New Zealand.