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Chinese Leader's November Tour Prepares for Possible Meeting with US President
Chinese officials are planning Xi Jinping's possible trip to Southeast Asia due in November and may China's leader's first overseas trip since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chinese leader's tour may include a meeting with US President Joe Biden, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Biden's team has been looking for such an opportunity for a long time, but has not yet confirmed a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders, which is necessary in order to reduce tensions, since there are differences between the two countries over Taiwan, international trade and a host of other issues.
The Biden administration is continuing to work on the issue, according to an unnamed White House source familiar with the matter. President Biden remains open for a face-to-face meeting, such as on the sidelines of the November G20 summit in Indonesia.
“We don't have any details about the time and place,” a US official said.
Xi and Biden discussed a possible meeting during a more than two-hour telephone conversation on July 28, which included a tense discussion of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island of Taiwan, which official Beijing claims as its territory.