Washington, D.C. – In a significant development, the United States and China have announced their commitment to working together in preparation for an expected summit between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. U.S. officials made this announcement on Friday, following a series of extensive meetings held in Washington, D.C., between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and senior U.S. diplomats.
Wang Yi’s visit to Washington marked the first such visit by a Chinese foreign minister since 2018. The veteran diplomat engaged in discussions with President Biden, described by the White House as a “good opportunity” to maintain open lines of communication between the two global powers, despite their deep policy differences.
The meetings held between Wang and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as well as U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, spanned over two days and amounted to an impressive nine hours of candid and in-depth dialogue, according to U.S. officials.
During these discussions, President Biden’s top aides addressed several critical concerns of the United States, which included the restoration of military-to-military communication channels between the two nations, Beijing’s actions in the East and South China Sea, Taiwan, human rights, the flow of fentanyl precursors, and the cases of Americans detained in China. Furthermore, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East was also a subject of frank exchanges between Secretary Blinken and Minister Wang.
One area of particular interest and optimism emerged regarding the anticipated meeting between President Biden and President Xi. This meeting is expected to take place on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit scheduled for next month in San Francisco.
“We are making preparations for such a meeting,” revealed one of the senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the matter under the condition of anonymity. “Obviously, Chinese leaders often confirm publicly much closer to a trip, so I will leave it to the Chinese side to figure out if and when they make that announcement,” the official added.
The talks between the U.S. and China come at a crucial juncture in the relationship between the two global powers. Both sides appear to be working towards finding common ground and fostering cooperation on important international issues, which could have a significant impact on the global stage.
The anticipated summit between Presidents Biden and Xi has the potential to address some of the most pressing global challenges, including climate change, trade, and regional security, while also addressing areas of contention that have strained U.S.-China relations in recent years.
The diplomatic engagement between the two countries is being closely watched by the international community as the world grapples with numerous global challenges that require the collaboration and leadership of both the United States and China. As preparations for the summit continue, the world awaits further developments on this critical diplomatic front.