The president of the United States, Joe Biden, "wants to have a constructive conversation" with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, his spokesman said on Tuesday, specifying that their meeting "would take place in San Francisco," where a summit of the forum will be held. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in November.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre declared at a press conference that she was not going to "give any details about this meeting, which will take place (...) next month."
The meeting "will take place in San Francisco," he added.
The US government has so far refused to confirm the summit.
A senior White House official also indicated that Beijing and Washington had a "tentative agreement" for the two leaders to meet, although "they were still working on important details to be able to finalize this project."
The meeting between Biden and Xi on US soil has been the subject of intense diplomatic negotiations for several months.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who has just made a rare visit to Washington, would have considered that the road to a meeting was "full of pitfalls," state media reported.
The two leaders last saw each other in Bali (Indonesia) in November 2022.
Biden has promised to compete ruthlessly with China on strategic, economic and technological issues.
However, the 80-year-old Democrat regularly assures that he does not want a "cold war" with Beijing and has said on several occasions that to do so he needs to maintain personal contact with the Chinese president.
Relations between both countries experienced a sharp increase in tension at the beginning of the year after the flight over US territory of a Chinese balloon, and the US president offending his counterpart in June by calling him a "dictator."