Biden and Xi to meet Wednesday in San Francisco

The two presidents are expected to discuss issues in the U.S.-China bilateral relationship and the importance of maintaining communication.

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On Friday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced that next week’s meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Xi Jinping will take place on November 15. She previously shared that the meeting will take place in San Francisco.

“The Leaders will discuss issues in the U.S.-PRC bilateral relationship, the continued importance of maintaining open lines of communication, and a range of regional and global issues,” Jean-Pierre stated. “Building on their last meeting in November 2022 in Bali, Indonesia, the Leaders will also discuss how the United States and the PRC can continue to responsibly manage competition and work together where our interests align, particularly on transnational challenges that affect the international community.”

According to a statement from a PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson, the meeting will cover “in-depth communication on issues of strategic, overarching and fundamental importance in shaping China-U.S. relations and major issues concerning world peace and development.”

The statement also shared that President Biden has invited President Xi to attend the the 30th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, adding that “President Xi Jinping’s trip to APEC upon invitation reflects the great importance China attaches to Asia-Pacific economic cooperation.”

Acknowledging APEC as a “key platform for economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific”, the spokesperson said President Xi will “deliver an important speech at the meeting to fully elaborate on China’s major propositions on deepening Asia-Pacific cooperation and driving regional and global growth.”

The spokesperson called on all parties to “remember what brought countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific together in the first place, focus on the region’s urgent needs, deepen solidarity and cooperation, deliver on the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 in an all-round and balanced way, and work for positive outcomes at the meeting, so as to provide new growth impetus for the Asia-Pacific and the wider world and jointly build an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future.”