President Joe Biden speaks during an event on protecting retirement security against what are commonly referred to as “junk fees” in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023, in Washington.
The meeting of the two countries’ leaders comes after a flurry of diplomatic visits in recent months aimed at breaking the ice in the U.S.-China relationship. The trip also comes on the heels of a promising week in U.S.-China relations, after Gov. Gavin Newsom of California was well received in China during a visit centered on climate cooperation and as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the diplomatic rounds in Washington.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed the Biden-Xi meeting during a press briefing on Tuesday, although she seemed to accidentally reveal the announcement. Previously, a White House readout from Friday said the two countries were working toward such a meeting. headtopics.com
“This is going to be an important diplomatic conversation,” Jean-Pierre said, describing the “intense” competition between the U.S. and China. “It’s going to be in San Francisco. It’s going to be a constructive meeting. The president’s looking forward to it.”
She did not give further details about what the two will discuss, but the meeting is expected to occur on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting, which will be held Nov. 12-18.over the summer, causing its own flare-up of tensions. The two countries’ ties took a nosedive earlier this year after a Chinese spy balloon flew across the continental U.S. headtopics.com
The ongoing political tenor around China in the U.S. has proved — and likely will remain dicey — in coming months, especially as an ongoing presidential contest portrays the country as a significant threat. Over the past few months, several of Biden’s Cabinet secretaries made visits to China, while a bipartisan group of senators also made the trek earlier this month.