US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are likely to meet next week. The two sides agreed to hold the meeting before US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi meet in Zurich at the end of this year.
Given China’s domestic COVID-19 restrictions and Xi’s aversion to travel, Washington aimed for a video conference call in November.
The stakes at the meeting are high — Washington and Beijing have disagreed 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 certain outcomes.
Experts believe the two sides could work on a compromise to ease visa restrictions on each other’s journalists, and that a deal to reopen the consulates in Chengdu and Houston, which were closed in 2020 over a diplomatic disagreement, would take the vote. can relieve.
Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that China is willing to cooperate with the US on the condition of “mutual respect,” CNBC reported. In a letter addressed to the National Committee on US-China Relations, a New York-based nonprofit, Jinping wrote, “Right now, China-US relations are at a critical historic moment.”
“Both countries will benefit from cooperation and lose from confrontation.”
“According to the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to improve exchanges and cooperation across the board.”
Relations between the US and China have been tense in recent years, especially after Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of imports from China. Trump also blacklisted several Chinese companies during his tenure, preventing them from buying critical supplies from US companies.
In addition, the US has again and again raised the issue of Beijing’s mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims, imposing the National Security Act in Hong Kong and its aggressive stance on Taiwan.