Biden, Xi will meet nearly on Monday, White House confirms

Meeting between US, Chinese presidents being held days after international locations comply with cooperate on combatting local weather change.

US President Joe Biden will meet nearly together with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday, the White House has introduced, because the leaders search to deal with factors of tensions, competitors and potential cooperation between the 2 nations.

In a press release on Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated Biden and Xi would meet on Monday night to “discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition” between the international locations “as well as ways to work together where our interests align”.

“Throughout, President Biden will make clear US intentions and priorities and be clear and candid about our concerns” with China, Psaki stated.

The assembly comes after China and the US – the world’s two largest emitters of carbon dioxide – agreed on the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow to cooperate on combatting local weather change.

The deal introduced on Wednesday requires “enhanced climate action in the 2020s” utilizing the 2015 Paris local weather deal’s tips and “concrete and pragmatic” rules in decarbonisation, lowering methane emissions and preventing deforestation.

Tensions between China and the US have soared lately, with Washington elevating issues about Beijing’s actions within the South China Sea in addition to its stance on Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan.

Amid the friction, the 2 sides started talks to enhance communications and in October, officers introduced that Xi and Biden would maintain a digital assembly earlier than the top of the 12 months.

Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, reporting from Washington, DC, stated the 2 leaders on Monday are anticipated to debate a spread of points, together with COVID-19, local weather change, nuclear weapons, and Chinese navy know-how.

“They’ve got a lot to cover. Will they be able to do it in one day? Probably not,” Fisher stated. “But if they can show some sort of cooperation on things like exports and visa controls, then they will regard this as a success.”

In a recorded video message to a CEO discussion board on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Xi stated on Thursday that makes an attempt to attract ideological strains or kind small circles on geopolitical grounds have been sure to fail within the area.

“The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not relapse into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era,” he stated.

The remark was seen as a reference to efforts by the US and its regional allies to blunt what they see as China’s rising coercive financial and navy affect.

Biden hosted the leaders of Japan, India and Australia on the White House in September for the first in-person assembly of the Quad, because the grouping of 4 international locations is thought.

Following the summit, the international locations pledged to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific area “undaunted by coercion”, presenting a united entrance amid shared issues about China. The Chinese authorities has criticised the group as “doomed to fail”.