Chinese President Xi Jinping, recently reappointed for a historic third term at the head of the second world power, will meet his American counterparts Joe Biden and French Emmanuel Macron, at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, the ministry reported on Friday November 11. Chinese Foreign Affairs.
The White House had already confirmed that Joe Biden and Xi Jinping would meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Monday. It will be their first face-to-face meeting since the American leader became president.
Xi Jinping will also meet Senegalese Macky Sall and Argentinian Alberto Fernandez. The Chinese number 1 will then travel to Thailand to participate in the summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum from November 17 to 19, according to the same source.
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping have already had five phone conversations
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping have already had five telephone or videoconference interviews, but this is their first meeting in the flesh since January 2021. The two men, however, had already had the opportunity to gauge each other during meetings when Joe Biden was Barack Obama’s Vice President.
The two leaders see each other with the objective of “to manage responsibly” the rivalry between China and the United States, the White House spokeswoman said in a statement. Washington is also hopeful that the two rivals will come to “working together where (their) interests coincide”, according to her. Americans are thinking here of the climate, the fight against drug trafficking and health.
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will also discuss a series of topics “international and regional”, she said, without explicitly mentioning the fate of Taiwan, the strongest source of tension. Another subject of tension: Russia, while Joe Biden would like China to distance itself from Moscow.