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Biden-Xi sets virtual summit for Monday

President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping of China will hold their much-anticipated virtual summit Monday night as the two sides try to ease tensions after a rocky start to US-China relations since Biden took office earlier this year.

The White House has low expectations for the video call between the leaders. Biden seems to be emphasizing that the two nations need to place guardrails in deepening areas of conflict in the increasingly complicated relationship between the two nations. White House officials said no major announcements from the meeting are expected.

The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage competition between the United States and China, as well as ways to work together where our interests align,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. Timing of the summit is announced, referring to the People’s Republic of China. Throughout, President Biden will make the US’s intentions and priorities clear and be clear and candid about our concerns.”

The meeting will be the third meeting between the two leaders since February. It comes after the US and China pledged this week at UN climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, to step up cooperation and accelerate action to curb climate-damaging emissions.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi reached an agreement on holding the virtual Biden-Xi summit by the end of the year when they met for talks in Zurich last month, but the two sides had not agreed on a date.

The virtual meeting was suggested after Biden, who spent a significant amount of time with Xi when the two were vice presidents, said during a September phone call with the Chinese leader that he would like to see Xi again, according to the White House.

Xi has not left China during the coronavirus pandemic. White House officials suggested a virtual summit as the best available replacement for the two leaders to have a substantive conversation about a number of issues that have strained US-China relations.

We hope that the US will work with China to jointly strive to make the Leaders’ Summit a success and put China-US ties back on track for healthy and stable development, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday.

There has been no lack of tension in the relationship in recent months, as Biden has made it clear that he finds Beijing’s actions worrying on a number of fronts.

The president has criticized China for human rights violations against ethnic minorities in northwestern China, suppressing pro-democracy efforts in Hong Kong and resisting global pressure to fully cooperate with investigations into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic . Tensions have also recently been exacerbated by the Chinese military who conducted dozens of missions near the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory.

At the Group of 20 meeting in Rome and again at the UN climate meeting, Biden criticized Xi for failing to show up at the summits, where world leaders discussed the way forward on the pandemic and steps to reduce the impact of climate change.

“Honestly, I think it was a big mistake that China‚Ķ didn’t show up,” Biden said in Glasgow. The rest of the world is going to look at China and say, what added value have they provided?”

Both leaders took part in the virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting on Friday, where leaders discussed efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic and support the global economic recovery.

Associated Press writer Christopher Bodeen in Beijing reported.

(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)