U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, can have a digital assembly on Monday night, the White House introduced. The assembly, their first after Mr Biden took workplace, has been within the making for some time.
“Following their September 9 phone call, the two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the PRC, as well as ways to work together where our interests align,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned by way of a press release.
“Throughout, President Biden will make clear U.S. intentions and priorities and be clear and candid about our concerns with the PRC,” Ms. Psaki mentioned.
Mr Biden had requested a head to head assembly throughout their September name , as per stories on the time. Last month, the 2 sides had agreed to a digital summit by the top of this yr, when U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met Chinese high diplomat and politburo member Yang Jiechi in Zurich.
Earlier this yr, whereas outlining its nationwide safety priorities, the Biden administration had mentioned China was the “only competitor” able to “mounting a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system.”
It has additionally articulated a coverage of cooperating with Beijing the place essential (similar to in local weather motion) and competing when wanted. The two nations have continued to have a strained relationship – with China’s rising assertiveness within the Indo Pacific, commerce, actions through the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and, extra lately, nuclear weapons, being key issues for the U.S.
Mr Biden and Mr Xi may additionally presumably focus on easing visa insurance policies for one another’s journalists and the re-opening of their consulates in Houston and Chengdu, Reuters reported.