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Biden, Xi express desire for US-China cooperation ahead of first virtual summit, United States News & Top Stories

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed a wish that their countries would work together on Tuesday (Nov. 9), ahead of their first virtual summit expected to take place in the coming weeks.

The two leaders acknowledged that the relationship between China and the US had global implications in letters read at the annual gala dinner of the National Committee on US-China Relations – a non-profit organization.

Mr Biden said: “From tackling the Covid-19 pandemic to addressing the existential threat of a climate crisis, the US-China relationship has global significance.

“To solve these challenges and seize these opportunities, the wider international community must come together as we all do our part to build a secure, peaceful and resilient future.”

Mr Xi strongly urged cooperation in his letter and said China was ready to work with the US to jointly tackle global challenges.

Mr Xi said: “China-US relations are at a historically critical point. Both countries will benefit from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Cooperation is the only right choice.”

In the meantime, China would work with the US to properly manage their differences and get their relationship back on track, he added.

The two leaders have spoken on the phone twice since Mr Biden took office in January and have agreed to meet via videoconference before the end of the year for their first summit.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday (Nov. 9) that the virtual summit could take place next week, although neither the US nor China have confirmed a date.

On Monday, Karine Jean-Pierre, deputy White House press secretary, reiterated that Washington and Beijing had “an agreement in principle” to hold a virtual summit before the end of the year.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to responsibly manage competition between our countries,” she said, emphasizing that it was “not about looking for specific results.”

Work-level discussions about the details of the meeting were underway, she added.

The meeting offers the rival superpowers the chance to set the tone for their future relationship.

While this relationship was not as turbulent as it was during former President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, both countries are now entrenched in long-term strategic competition over technology, global influence and a host of other issues, with both countries placing restrictions on each other’s businesses. and citizens.

Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the US since July, said in comments at Tuesday night’s gala dinner that he had arrived in Washington at a “very difficult and challenging time”.

“In recent years, relations between China and the US have been seriously undermined. This does not serve the fundamental interests of the two peoples,” he said.

Following Mr Xi’s lead, Mr Qin said China would work with the US and “make unremitting efforts to get US-China relations back on track”.

“Some people say that the relationship between China and the US cannot go back to the past. But is that a reason for people to take the light or even damage it the way they want? No, we reject this view,” he added. he to it.