China confirmed that Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Bali and will meet with Joe Biden

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The meeting between the two leaders will be the first face-to-face since they became presidents of their countries. Beijing also assured that its president will meet personally with Emmanuel Macron and Alberto Fernández

China confirmed that Xi Jinping will attend the g20 summit G20 in Bali and that he will meet with Joe Biden

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with the media after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 23, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File< p class="paragraph">Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit to be held next week in Bali ( Indonesia), where he will meet with his US counterpart, Joe Biden, the Foreign Ministry confirmed today in a brief statement.

In addition to Biden, Xi will will meet on the margins of the summit with the French president, Emmanuel Macron; with the Argentinian, Alberto Fernández, and with the Senegalese, Macky Sall.

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Xi will also attend the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting in Bangkok and will pay an official visit to Thailand from November 17 to 19, the Chinese Foreign Ministry added.

Although the White House already announced on Thursday that both leaders would meet next Monday the 14th, one day before the summit begins, China had not confirmed Xi's attendance to the G20 (a group made up of the most developed and emerging countries) until now. ) nor the encounter with its American counterpart.

China confirmed that Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Bali and will meet with Joe Biden

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, United States, on November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File

On Wednesday, during a press conference at the White House, Biden affirmed that he will not make concessions to Xi during the meeting and reaffirmed that he is not seeking conflict, but rather competition with the Asian giant.

The tensions between Washington and Beijing have increased in recent months as a result of a trip that the president of the US House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi , told Taiwan in August that the Chinese regime responded with the largest military exercises around the island in decades, in addition to commercial sanctions on Taipei and personal sanctions on the official.

In this sense, Biden assured that Taiwan, an ally of Washington that China considers a rogue province, “surely” will be part of the talks with the Chinese leader.

However, Beijing has already insisted that the island is in its “central interest” and that “Washington must get to work with China to avoid misunderstandings and prejudices.”

China confirmed that Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Bali and will meet with Joe Biden

The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, during a meeting with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei, Taiwan. August 3, 2022. Taiwan Presidential Office/Distributed via REUTERS/File

“China is ready for peaceful coexistence with the United States and maintaining a relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation. But, at the same time, we will firmly defend our sovereignty, security and development interests,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on Thursday.

“It is important to handle properly the differences to avoid misunderstandings and calculation errors”, he added.

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China confirmed that Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Bali and meeting with Joe Biden

Xi Jinping and Joe Biden shake hands inside the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/File

Biden and Xi share a long personal relationship: they both met more than a decade ago when they were vice presidents of their countries and shared multiple trips, meetings and dinners.

It will, however, be the first time that they will meet face to face since both are presidents of their respective countries, although they have held two virtual meetings in the last year .

(With information from EFE)

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