US President Biden and Chinese Xi Jinping to meet virtually next week
US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to meet virtually next week. The two sides agreed to hold the meeting before US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi meet in Zurich at the end of the year.
Given nationwide COVID-19 restrictions in China and Xi’s aversion to travel, Washington was targeting a videoconference conversation in November.
The stakes for the meeting are high – Washington and Beijing disagree on everything from the origins of the virus to China’s growing nuclear arsenal – but Biden’s team has so far set low expectations for particular outcomes .
Experts believe the two sides could work towards a compromise to ease visa restrictions for journalists on the other hand, and an agreement to reopen consulates in Chengdu and Houston that were closed due to a diplomatic disagreement. in 2020 could help tone down the mood.
Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that China is willing to work with the United States on condition of “mutual respect,” CNBC reported. In a letter to the National Committee on China-US Relations, a New York-based nonprofit organization, Jinping wrote, “At present, China-US relations are at a critical historical turning point.
“The two countries will win in cooperation and lose in confrontation. ”
“In accordance with the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China is ready to work with the United States to strengthen exchanges and cooperation at all levels. “
Relations between the United States and China have been strained in recent years, especially after Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump imposed tariffs on billions of dollars in imports from China. Trump, during his tenure, also blacklisted several Chinese companies, preventing them from purchasing essential supplies from American companies.
In addition to this, the United States has repeatedly referred to Beijing’s mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims, imposing National Security Law on Hong Kong and its aggressive stance on Taiwan.