During the upcoming G20 it’s expected that Taiwan will loom large when the US president meets his Chinese counterpart
FILE PHOTO: Then-Vice President Joe Biden meets Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, December 4, 2013 © AFP / Lintao Zhang
US President Joe Biden will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of next week’s G20 summit in Indonesia, the White House said on Thursday. While Biden and Xi will reportedly discuss “efforts to maintain lines of communication,” the relationship between Washington and Beijing has been strained as of late over Taiwan.
The pair are set to meet on Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, adding that they would “discuss a range of regional and global issues.”
“The leaders will discuss efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication…responsibly manage competition, and work together where our interests align,” Jean-Pierre stated.
Biden and Xi last spoke by phone in late July, and have not met face-to-face since Biden assumed office last January.