- It will be a ‘tough conversation but important conversation,’ White House said
- Sec. of State Blinken cancelled Beijing visit during spy balloon incident
- It comes amid tensions over spying, trade, the Ukraine war, and the Middle East
President Joe Biden will hold a long-delayed meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the upcoming summit of Asia Pacific leaders next month in San Francisco, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed the meeting after saying Biden was preparing for a ‘tough conversation but important conversation’ with his counterpart.
‘We’ve been talking about it. The president said he’s looking forward to meeting with President Xi and so, not going to get into details about this meeting that’s going to happen… next month. It’s going to be in San Francisco, it’s going to be a constructive meeting, the president’s looking forward to it,’ she said during her White House briefing.
President Joe Biden is planning for a ‘tough conversation’ with Chinese President Xi Jinping
The talks will come at a tense time in global affairs, with China hoping to play an important role in the Israel-Hamas conflict, even amid antisemitic postings on state-run media and online maps in China that don’t list Israel as a country.
Xi also has maintained close ties with Russia both before and after its invasion of Ukraine, in a conflict that has raised fears about its own territorial claims or even plans for an invasion of Taiwan.
At a speech during a Beijing Xiangshan Forum, at top Chinese military official said China would ‘never agree’ to a separate Taiwan.
General Zhang Youxia, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, with with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He declared that China’s People’s Liberation Army would ‘show no mercy’ if Taiwan moves toward independence.
‘No matter who wishes to separate Taiwan from China in any way, the Chinese military will never agree to it,’ he said.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed the meeting would take place at the APEC summit in San Francisco
Zhang Youxia, China’s second-ranking military official and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, declared Monday that China’s People’s Liberation Army would ‘show no mercy’ if Taiwan moves toward independence
Youxia met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (l) at the forum, amid Russia’s war against Ukraine
Jean-Pierre was asked if Biden was considering lifting U.S. tariffs on China imposed during the Trump administration were on the table. Those tariffs have infuriated China, and make up part of a frayed relationship.
She declined to respond directly but said there would be ‘intense diplomacy’ to go along with the ‘intense competition.’
‘This is going to be an important diplomatic conversation,’ she said of the meeting during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
‘What I’m saying is that we’re aiming, we’re aiming to have a constructive conversation meeting between the leaders in San Francisco in November so, that’s what I’m saying,’ Jean-Pierre said. ‘I think I just confirmed it.’
The scheduled meeting comes after a series of diplomatic moves involving Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and other officials.