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China and the US’ “red lines” in the crosshairs of the meeting between Xi and Biden

BeijingNovember 10 – The United States and China set the first objective this week for a planned meeting between their presidents next week, on the sidelines of a summit of nations. G-20 in Indonesia.

Asked about the meeting, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday that the United States should work closely with China to avoid misunderstandings and misunderstandings.

For his part, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he was not ready to make any fundamental concessions when he met his counterpart Xi Jinping.

He said he wanted the two leaders to highlight their “red lines” and resolve areas of conflict, including issues such as Taiwan’s self-management, he said.

Beijing and Washington have been preparing for a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Biden took office in January 2021, US officials have said previously, though they have spoken on the phone and met online.

No date or time has yet been made public for next week’s planned summit on the resort island of Bali.

“China attaches importance to the US offer to hold a meeting between the two heads of state in Bali,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a regular briefing in the Chinese capital on Thursday.

“At present, both sides are maintaining communication in this regard.”

Tensions have risen between the United States and China over Taiwan, especially after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit this year to the self-governing island claimed by China.

Zhao said Taiwan remains “the center of China’s central interests”.

“We stand ready to work with the US side to realize mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation while protecting our sovereignty, security and development interests,” he said.

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