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Biden and Xi expected to meet next month after high-level US-China meetings

US President Joe Biden is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next month following a visit by China’s top diplomat to the White House.

The two leaders will probably meet at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco in November, an event that brings together world and business leaders.

While the White House would not confirm the Biden-Xi meeting, a readout of Friday’s meeting between China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the two sides were “working together towards a meeting”.

Xi and Biden have not met since attending the G20 summit in Bali last year.

The Wang and Sullivan talks formed part of a three-day visit to Washington, DC, that saw the foreign minister meet Biden as well as top US officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing did not immediately confirm the trip but said there were discussions of the two countries’ often-acrimonious relationship.

Wang told Biden that China was committed to improving and stabilising its relationship with the US through the three principles of “mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation”, according to Chinese state media.

He made similar remarks when he met Blinken on Thursday, according to Xinhua.

Middle East role?

The two sides also had much to discuss geopolitically, including the Israel-Hamas war, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the presidential election in Taiwan early next year.

China has said it is neutral in the Ukraine war but has been accused of propping up Russia’s economy in the face of heavy Western sanctions.

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