The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Biden, China’s Xi to meet virtually this year


ZURICH » With tensions rising between the global powers, President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual meeting before year’s end, according to the White House.

The agreement in principle for the talks was disclosed after White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi met for six hours in Zurich.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the two sides are still working through what the virtual meeting “would look like.”

The presidenti­al meeting was proposed after Biden, who spent a substantia­l amount of time with Xi when the two were vice presidents, mentioned during their call last month that he would like to be able to see Xi again, according to a senior administra­tion official, who was not authorized to comment publicly on the talks between Sullivan and Yang and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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