Biden to meet Chinese president for first time: report

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet President Biden for the first time later this year in Southeast Asia, according to a report.

The meeting will take place during one of two planned summits of international leaders scheduled for later this year, the Wall Street Journal reported. It would be Xi’s first international trip in three years, and it follows rising tensions between the United States and China following the recent visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

The meeting was initially suggested during Mr. Biden’s July 28 call with Mr. Xi, ahead of Ms. Pelosi’s trip.

The White House did not immediately respond to a Washington Times request for information about the meeting.

Xi is expected to attend the G-20 Heads of State and Government Summit in Bali on Nov. 15-16, then travel to Bangkok, Thailand, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit on Nov. 17-18. .

The Journal reported that Mr. Xi’s team was preparing for a possible “sideline” meeting with Mr. Biden at one of the two summits.

According to a reading of the Biden-Xi call in July, the two leaders “discussed a range of issues important to the bilateral relationship and other regional and global issues, and instructed their teams to continue monitoring the conversation. of today, in particular to address climate change and health security.

Mr Biden also told Mr Xi that US policy towards Taiwan “has not changed”.

The call came days before Ms Pelosi’s high-profile trip, angering the Chinese government which opposes Taiwan’s independence struggle.

The Chinese leaders’ trip is expected to take place after Xi seeks a third term as general secretary of the Communist Party of China. The country abolished term limits in 2018.

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