A video conference between Biden and Xi Jinping will take place next Monday.

source: cnbc.com

The White House confirmed that the dialogue would be virtual on the afternoon of November 15.

US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will hold a virtual meeting "in the afternoon" on Monday, November 15. The White House said Friday, amid mounting bilateral tensions over Taiwan. Humans and commerce.

"The two leaders will discuss ways to manage competition" between the two powers responsibly, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

"At all times, President Biden will be clear about the intentions and priorities of the United States and will be clear and concise about our concerns with the People's Republic of China," he added.

Relations between the world's two largest economies have deteriorated in recent weeks, particularly over Taiwan, which is claimed by China, which last month carried out a record number of airstrikes near the island.

Washington has repeatedly voiced its support for Taiwan. Still, the United States and China reached a surprise agreement on the climate at a summit in Glasgow.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this week that the two presidents, who have not met in person since Biden took office in January, would hold virtual talks "soon."

When asked about the meeting at a press conference on Thursday, China's Foreign Ministry said the two heads of state had "agreed to maintain frequent contacts through multiple media."

"At present, China and the United States are in close communication on the specific arrangement for the leaders' summit," Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.

Biden and Xi have spoken by phone twice since the veteran Democrat moved into the White House on February 11 and September 9. The US president has never hidden his desire to meet the Chinese leader in person.

Biden had hoped to meet Xi at a recent Group of 20 summits in Rome. Still, the Chinese leader has not traveled since the start of the covid-19 pandemic nearly two years ago, citing health reasons. However, he agreed to hold bilateral virtual talks before the end of the year.

The US president essentially ratified his predecessor Donald Trump's uncompromising attitude toward Beijing. Nevertheless, they both agree that a rising China is the main challenge of the 21st century for their country.

In addition, Washington condemns the "genocide and crimes against humanity" exercised by Beijing in suppressing Uighur Muslims and other minorities in the Xinjiang region.

On Thursday, Xi warned of the danger of returning to Cold War-era divisions in Asia-Pacific, speaking at a virtual business conference on the sidelines of the New Zealand-hosted Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.