US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have held talks in Italy. They are said to have discussed an online bilateral summit scheduled for this year.
The two met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Rome on Sunday. Their last face-to-face meeting was in Alaska in March.
Details of their talks were not released, but items on the agenda likely included a virtual summit that two countries agreed in principle, as well as Taiwan and human rights issues.
Relations between the US and China have deteriorated further since President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January.
The US has stepped up its cooperation with Taiwan. China has stepped up its pressure on Taiwan by sending its military aircraft to the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone.
US and China leaders held a conference call in September, followed by a meeting of senior officials from both sides in Switzerland on October 6.
Biden plans to involve Beijing at a high level to ensure what the US administration has called “responsible competition.”