Biden and Jinping are set to meet next week
On Friday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Xi will visit the US from Tuesday through 17 November. As part of his attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, Xi will meet with Biden on the sidelines. Xi and Biden haven’t met since last year’s G20 summit in Bali.
According to Biden administration officials, the two presidents will meet in the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday, 15 November. There will be thousands of protesters in San Francisco during the summit, which begins on Saturday.
Israeli-Hamas war, Taiwan, war in Ukraine, and election interference will be discussed during the meeting, according to US officials.
In recent months, relations between the two countries have deteriorated.
US accused China of sending a spy balloon into their airspace. Off the coast of South Carolina, an American warplane shot it down. Also, Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last year, which led China to break off military communication between the two countries.
Beijing wants assurances
Xie Feng, China’s ambassador to the US, said Thursday at a forum in Hong Kong that Beijing wants several assurances. According to him, Beijing wants assurances “that the US does not seek to change China’s system, does not seek a new Cold War, does not support Taiwan independence and has no intention to seek decoupling from China.”
“This is not the relationship of five or 10 years ago, we’re not talking about a long list of outcomes or deliverables,” said the official. “The goals here really are about managing the competition, preventing the downside of risk – of conflict, and ensuring channels of communication are open.” he further said.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the leaders would discuss the “continued importance of maintaining open lines of communication” and how they “can continue to responsibly manage competition and work together where our interests align, particularly on transnational challenges that affect the international community.”