With Xi-Biden meeting, US aims to show responsible handling of China ties

US officials believe direct engagement with Xi can prevent conflict.

22/10/2021 7:55:00 AM

With Xi-Biden meeting, US aims to show responsible handling of China ties

US officials believe direct engagement with Xi can prevent conflict.

White House officials are gearing up for a virtual meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping they hope will show the world Washington can responsibly manage relations between the rival superpowers, people familiar with the matter say.

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Combative diplomatic exchanges with China early in the Biden administration unnerved allies and US officials believe direct engagement with Xi, who has consolidated power in Beijing to a degree not seen since Mao Zedong, is the best way to prevent the relationship between the world's two biggest economies spiralling toward conflict...

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