US and China Agree To Work Toward Expected Biden-Xi Summit – US officials announced on Friday that the United States and China have agreed to collaborate in preparation for an anticipated summit between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping next month. This development comes after extensive discussions between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and senior US diplomats in Washington.
During the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister to Washington since 2018, experienced diplomat Wang Yi had an hour-long meeting with President Biden, which the White House characterized as a valuable opportunity to maintain open lines of communication between these two major geopolitical competitors, despite their significant policy disparities.
Wang Yi’s discussions with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, which extended over two days and amounted to nine hours, were characterized by US officials as “candid and in-depth.” President Biden’s senior advisors addressed critical issues from the Washington perspective during these talks.
Including the reestablishment of military communication channels, Beijing’s actions in the East and South China Sea, concerns regarding Taiwan, human rights, the precursor materials for fentanyl production, and the cases of Americans detained in China, as per US officials. Reuter’s reported that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Wang Yi engaged in direct and open discussions concerning the escalating Middle East conflict.
One notable aspect that seemed to exhibit some encouraging progress was the anticipation of a meeting between President Biden and President Xi on the sidelines of the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit scheduled for next month in San Francisco. “We are making preparations for such a meeting,” a senior administration official, briefing reporters on the condition of anonymity, said.