China’s Xi Jinping Plans Trip, Including Meeting with Biden – WSJ

Aug 12 (Reuters) – Chinese officials are planning a possible November visit to Southeast Asia by Xi Jinping in what could be the leader’s first trip since the COVID-19 pandemic, including a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden of The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Biden’s team has long sought, but has not confirmed, face-to-face talks between the two leaders to defuse tensions between the two countries over Taiwan, trade and many other issues.

The White House is continuing efforts to do so, according to a person familiar with the matter, who said Biden remains open to in-person visits, including during a G20 meeting in Indonesia in November.

“We don’t have any details on when or where,” a U.S. official said.

Xi and Biden discussed a possible meeting on a July 28 conference call that lasted more than two hours, including tense talks over a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the Chinese-owned island of Taiwan. (Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Holland and Michael Martina; Editing by Grant McCool)

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