John Kirby, the spokesperson for the National Security Council at the White House, announced today that the leaders of the United States and China have reached an agreement for a renewed meeting.
According to Fox News, during a press conference on Monday, November 20, John Kirby stated that Joe Biden and Xi Jinping have agreed on scheduling a renewed meeting. However, the exact date for the meeting has not been determined.
Last week, the two leaders met and held discussions on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, California.
During this meeting, both parties signed agreements aimed at resuming diplomatic relations between the two countries and combating the entry of the drug “fentanyl” into the United States.
After the meeting, the President of the United States referred to Xi Jinping as a “dictator.”
On Thursday night, November 15, in his meeting with Xi, Joe Biden reiterated that the competition between the United States and China should not escalate into conflict. He added, “It is important for you and me to understand each other explicitly, without misunderstandings or incorrect communications.”
Authorities in Beijing have not yet commented on the renewed meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
This comes as relations between Washington and Beijing have become tense in 2023 over the Taiwan issue, the South China Sea, and other matters.