December 9, 2022

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Biden, Xi to meet virtually on Monday: White House

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President Joe Biden will attend a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday evening.

The White House announced Friday that President Joe Biden will attend a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday evening.

The meeting will be the third between the two presidents since Biden assumed office. After conversing for the first time in February, they had a 90-minute phone conversation in September.

The conference takes place amid ongoing tensions between the United States and China over trade, climate change, and human rights. China has recently increased its military pressure on Taiwan, much to the consternation of the US.

“We will address how to responsibly manage the competition between” China and the United States, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, “as well as ways to work together where our interests match.”

“Biden will make clear US aims and priorities, as well as be forthright and candid about our concerns with China,” she added in a statement.

Despite their many differences and geopolitical rivalry, China and the United States said on Wednesday that they would boost their collaboration in the fight against climate change.

The accord suggested a readiness to move forward on climate concerns while setting aside, to some extent, other disagreements as the two greatest polluters.

Xi, who has remained in China throughout the coronavirus outbreak, also conveyed a message of reconciliation to the US this week.

During a gala dinner in Washington on Tuesday, China’s envoy read a letter from Xi Jinping.

In the letter, Xi said that “China stands ready to work with the United States to enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board, jointly address regional and international issues as well as global challenges, and, in the meantime, properly manage differences, so as to bring China-US relations back to the right track of sound and steady development,” according to the Chinese embassy in Washington.

At the same time, according to the Associated Press, Xi warned against allowing tensions in the Asia-Pacific area to devolve into a Cold War mentality during a speech on Thursday.

According to the Associated Press, Xi stated in pre-recorded remarks that broadcast on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum’s annual summit, “The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not revert to the conflict and division of the Cold War era.”

While Biden and Xi have yet to meet in person since Joe Biden became president, Biden frequently mentions how much time he spent with Xi when they were both vice presidents.

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