Biden and Xi will have their first face-to-face on Monday at the G-20 summit
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will face each other in person next Monday, for the first time since the Democratic leader arrived at the White House in January 2021. Until now, the presidents of the US and China had only held virtual meetings for videoconference, although they had seen each other twice when Biden was Barack Obama's vice president and Xi was his counterpart, as Hu Jintao's number two.
The meeting will take place on Monday within the framework of the G-20 summit in Bali (Indonesia) and on the agenda will be the dispute between Taiwan and China and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to what the House Press Secretary reported on Thursday. White, Karine Jean-Pierre.
The two presidents will meet to "discuss efforts to maintain and deepen the lines of communication" between the two countries and to "work together where our interests align, especially on transnational challenges," Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
Both leaders have spoken five times since Biden arrived at the White House, but not in person.
Biden already declared on Wednesday that he intended to discuss with Xi the growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the island of Taiwan, China's trade policy and the relationship with Russia, among other issues.
"What I want to do with him (Xi) when we talk is for each of us to lay out what our red lines are and understand what he thinks are the critical national interests of China and what I know are the critical interests of the United States." ", Biden said. "And determine if they are in conflict with each other or not," added the US president.
On the table will be the war in Ukraine. So far, China has largely refrained from criticizing Russia, while also avoiding supplying weapons to Moscow. Regarding the Chinese ambiguity, Biden said Wednesday that Putin and Xi "have been keeping their distance a little bit."
Biden wants to clarify with Xi what are the “red lines” and the “critical interests” of both powers
Meanwhile, tension between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan has increased since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan in August.
Although it is not officially on the agenda of the meeting, another issue that confronts both powers is the conflict between the two Koreas. Washington considers that China has not used its influence over North Korea to curb its warmongering attitude. In this regard, Biden will hold a meeting in Bali on Sunday with the leaders of South Korea and Japan.
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