Xi and Biden to discuss 'peace and development' during meeting in US

US president Joe Biden and president of the China Xi Jinping will discuss "world peace and development" during their meeting on Wednesday in San Francisco on the sidelines of the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting between the two world leaders is the first in over a year.

"The two heads of state will have an in-depth dialogue on strategic, general and guiding issues on Sino-US relations, as well as on important issues on world peace and development," a Chinese Foreign ministry statement said.

Beijing said it would not "define Sino-American ties in terms of competition."

The White House previously said the two leaders would discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, as well as ways to "regulate competition in a responsible manner". Washington does not expect "major results" from the meeting.

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit takes place in San Francisco this week. Aside from Biden and Xi, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and 21 member economies from the Pacific Rim regions will be present.

The previous meeting at the highest level between Biden and Xi was the G20 summit in November 2022 in Bali.


Biden and Xi shake hands before the start of their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, November 2022 © ADAM SCHULTZ/WHITE HOUSE/PLANET PIX VIA ZUMA PRESS WIRE

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