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US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping will hold a virtual meeting on Monday

US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, Nov. 15 amid tensions between the two countries, the White House said.

Biden and Xi will discuss how to “responsibly manage competition” between their countries and work together, a press release said.

“During [the meeting], President Biden will make clear US intentions and priorities and be clear and candid about our concerns with the PRC [People’s Republic of China]”, it added.

The two leaders had spoken by telephone in September. Biden had said during the call that US-China dynamics must remain competitive without evolving into an “unintended conflict”.

Monday’s meeting between the two presidents is expected to be the most comprehensive under the Biden administration, Reuters said.

Meanwhile, China said Friday it had discussed specific arrangements with the US for the meeting.

“It is hoped that the US can work in the same direction with China and make joint efforts to make the meeting of the heads of state a success, which will put the relationship between China and the US back on the right track of healthy and steady development. will bring, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

The US and China have had disagreements on many issues since Biden took office in January. The Biden administration is maintaining trade tariffs on China imposed by former US President Donald Trump in 2018. The tariffs — a tax levied on imported goods — allow the president to curb foreign trade that “unreasonably burdens” the US.

The US and China had also criticized each other’s policies during high-level talks in Alaska in March — the first since Biden took office.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had criticized China for human rights violations in the Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong region, while Chinese official Yang Jiechi accused the US of using its military might and financial supremacy to help other countries. to suppress.

China and the US have also had disagreements over Taiwan, Beijing’s claims over areas in the South China Sea and the coronavirus pandemic.

The US, India, Japan and Australia have sought to strengthen their cooperation in the face of China’s rising power. The countries had held their first meeting as a Quad grouping in September. Biden hosted the meeting at the White House.

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