China said on Friday it was in “close communication” with the US to facilitate the first virtual summit between President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden and hoped Washington would work with the country to restore bilateral ties to the “right”. track”. healthy and stable development.”
US officials last month said they had reached a preliminary agreement with China to hold a virtual meeting between Biden and Xi before the end of the year, as part of an effort to ensure stability in one of the world’s most sweeping and fraught environments. relationships.
While some reports said the meeting could take place as early as Monday, both sides have not given specific details and a firm date.
In response to a question about the virtual Xi-Biden summit during a regular briefing by China’s foreign ministry, a spokesman said China and the US “communicate closely about the specific arrangements of their leaders’ meeting”.
Spokesman Wang Wenbin said President Xi has made two phone calls with President Biden this year at his request. The two heads of state have agreed to maintain regular contact in various ways.
“We hope that the US will work with China to make the meeting a success and put China-US ties back on track for healthy and stable development,” Wang said at a regular briefing in Beijing. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tensions between the US and China have risen in recent years.
President Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, took a stern stance on China, starting with trade. Trump lifted tariffs on billions of dollars worth of imports from China, sparking retaliation from Beijing.
The Biden administration has maintained Trump’s difficult position and has worked more closely with traditional US allies to jointly press Beijing on a number of issues, including human rights, Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet.
However, in a surprising move, China and the US announced this week that the two countries will boost climate cooperation. The US and China are the two largest CO2 emitters in the world.
The announcement by the two global rivals was made on Wednesday at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
The last time Biden and Xi spoke was in September, on a phone call that lasted about 90 minutes.
The two leaders also spoke for two hours in February — their first call since Biden took office in January this year.
The preliminary agreement to hold a virtual summit between Xi and Biden was the culmination of an extended, six-hour meeting between Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland, just days after Beijing landed a record number of warplanes in the defense zone of Taiwan.
President Xi has not left China in 21 months, following steps to tighten its borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He skipped the G20 summit at the end of October, as well as the COP26 climate conference in Scotland this month.
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