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Joe Biden and Xi Jinping plan a virtual meeting for the end of the year


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The virtual meeting was announced after US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met in Zrich with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi.

Joe Biden, president of the United States, and Xi Jinping, president of China.
Joe Biden, president of the United States, and Xi Jinping, president of China.MANDEL NGAN; ANTHONY WALLACEAFP
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The president of United States, Joe Biden,and its Chinese counterpart,Xi Jinping, they plan to meet virtually “before the end of the year,” a senior White House official said Wednesday.

There is a “principle of agreement” for a “virtual bilateral” meeting, the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

“The president said it would be nice to see Xi, which he hasn’t done for a few years,” the official said. “We hope they have a chance to see each other, if only virtually.”

The official cited press reports that Xi did not attend the next G20 leaders meeting in Rome, It would have been a natural place for Biden to arrange a bilateral meeting.

The virtual meeting was announced after the United States national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, meet in Zrich with the top diplomat of China, Yang Jiechi. The senior official said those talks lasted six hours. During that meeting, Yang called for the two countries to work together, according to the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

“When China and the United States cooperate, both countries and the world will benefit; when China and the United States meet, the two countries and the world will suffer seriously, “he said, according to the Xinhua report.

He said Beijing “attaches importance to the positive comments on China-US relations” recently issued by Biden.

Sullivan’s journey reaffirms the improvement in contacts between Beijing and Washington, as Biden advocates establishing “security barriers” for the growing tension between the two powers, which increases in the face of China’s aggressive stance towards Taiwan, the US decision to sell nuclear submarines to Australia, trade disputes and human rights violations. Humans against Uighurs in Xinjiang.

On Monday, the United States Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, He said he would speak to his Chinese counterpart soon, as a massive trade dispute continues with no end in sight.

After the Zrich meeting, Sullivan will visit Brussels and Paris, where he will also “report on his meeting with Director Yang” to America’s “European allies and partners,” the White House anticipated.

Biden, who has known Xi for years, said two phone calls with the Chinese leader since he assumed the presidency. The second, which lasted 90 minutes, took place last month.

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