The US President Joe Biden and his counterpart in China Xi Jinping are planning to hold a virtual meeting before year end. A senior official in the US administration said on Wednesday that there is an “agreement in principal” for the “virtual bilateral”. The virtual meet was announced after the US national security adviser Jack Sullivan met China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Zurich. The six-hour talks between the two aimed at improving communication between the two countries. Biden and Xi Jinping have had a telephonic round of conversation before, on September 9, 2021.
Tensions are certainly rising between US and China as of now. The Chinese administration did not appreciate USA hosting AUKUS and Quad conferences. On the other hand, Washington often expresses its concern regarding China’s aggressive actions in the Indo-Pacific and East China Sea region.
Moreover, China’s aggressive posture towards Taiwan offends USA. China, in the past few days has entered the airspace of independently ruled Taiwan several times. At the same time China does not appreciate Washington supplying military equipment’s to Taiwan via the Taiwan Strait.
Biden and Xi Jinping September conversation:
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping had a telephonic conversation on the 9th of September. That phone call ended a seven month gap in direct communication between the two countries. The conversation ended nearly 90 minutes in which the two discussed the need to ensure that their competition does not “veer into conflict”.
There is no doubt about the fact that the two countries share a general feeling of animosity for each other. But, such rounds of conversations and direct communication might resolve some issues to a certain extent.
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