Biden and Xi: Ongoing planning underway for potential meeting in San Francisco in November, sources say

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Ongoing planning is underway to arrange a potential meeting between US President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping at November’s APEC summit in San Francisco, officials familiar with the matter said.

A sit-down hasn’t been finalized and there remains a chance the meeting falls apart. China has not said if Xi will attend the APEC summit.

Biden said Friday no meeting with his Chinese counterpart had been finalized but it remained an open prospect.

“There’s been no such meeting set up, but it is a possibility,” he told reporters.

But for now, US officials believe they are on the path toward the second in-person talks between the two men. Biden said recently he hoped to speak to Xi soon.

The Washington Post first reported the ongoing plans for a potential meeting at the summit in San Francisco.

Biden has been sending top administration officials to China in recent months as he works to repair Washington-Beijing ties, but deep military and economic tensions remain.

Biden and Xi last met at a G20 summit in Bali last November, emerging hopeful for a more normal relationship.

Since then, however, tensions have emerged over China’s spy balloon and restrictions on US investments in China.


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