WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will meet with Chinese language President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of subsequent week’s Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, the White Home introduced Thursday.
White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated in an announcement that the 2 leaders will meet Monday to debate “efforts to keep up and deepen strains of communication between the USA and the PRC, responsibly handle competitors, and work collectively the place our pursuits align, particularly on transnational challenges that have an effect on the worldwide group.”
The assembly comes as the connection between the USA and China has grown more and more strained over the previous few years. Tensions hit a excessive over the summer season after Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, which Beijing seen as an effort to undermine China’s territorial integrity.
Though the 2 leaders have spoken just about 5 instances over the previous two years, this will likely be their first in-person assembly since Biden grew to become president. Xi didn’t attend final 12 months’s G-20 summit in Rome and has only recently begun touring abroad for the primary time because the begin of the Covid pandemic, which first broke out within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan.
At a information convention Wednesday, Biden advised reporters that he would use a gathering with Xi to “lay out what every of our crimson strains are, perceive what he believes to be within the essential nationwide pursuits of China, what I do know to be the essential pursuits of the USA, and to find out whether or not or not they battle with each other.”
Biden stated he additionally anticipated discussing points associated to Taiwan, the self-ruling democracy of 24 million folks that Beijing claims as its territory, commerce, nuclear weapons and China’s relationship with different international locations within the area.
In a background name with reporters Thursday, a senior administration official stated Biden would “be trustworthy about quite a lot of our considerations,” together with the elevated Chinese language navy exercise close to the Taiwan Strait, China’s “dangerous financial practices” and human rights violations. They may also talk about their insurance policies towards North Korea and Ukraine, the official stated.
“The president believes that there isn’t a substitute for face-to-face diplomacy to hold these discussions ahead,” the official stated.