BEIJING: President of China Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Indonesia next week and meet his US counterpart Joe Biden, Beijing’s foreign ministry confirmed on Friday (11th of November, 2022).
This will be their first in-person talks since the president of China sealed a historic third term as leader last month.
The two met prior to Biden taking office in January 2021 and have spoken by phone a number of times since then, but the Covid-19 pandemic have prevented them from meeting in person.
Zhao Lijian, spokesman Foreign Ministry of China, told a regular press briefing Xi will meet Biden and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron next week in Bali, between November 14 and 17, as well as Senegal’s Macky Sall and Argentina’s Alberto Fernandez.
He will then travel to Thailand from November 17 to 19 to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Zhao confirmed.
The White House has already said Biden will meet the President of China on Monday, when the “leaders will discuss efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication”, as well as how to “responsibly manage competition and work together where our interests align”.