"We will sit down shortly to define the correct format. It could be over the phone, it could be at a meeting on the margins of another international summit or otherwise, "warned national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
The White House will "soon" plan a new dialogue between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. However, it has not yet been decided whether that contact will take place by phone or in-person during an international summit, such as the G20. in October.
This was indicated this Thursday by Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, during a telephone press conference to take stock of the first international tour of the US president, which ended on Wednesday and included stops in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Switzerland.
"Soon, we will sit down to define the correct format for the two presidents (Biden and Xi) to dialogue. It could be over the phone; it could be at a meeting on the margins of another international summit or otherwise," Sullivan said.
Biden's adviser recalled that "it is likely that both leaders will coincide in the G20 summit" to be held in Rome at the end of October. However, he did not guarantee that there will be a meeting in that framework.
Sullivan stressed the "commitment" for Biden to "dialogue in some way with President Xi in the coming months, to take note of where we are in the relationship and make sure we have direct communication" like the one the US president maintained this Wednesday. With his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
Biden and Xi had a long phone conversation in February. But they have not met in person since the American came to power last January.
President Joe Biden has made competition with Beijing the central pillar of his foreign and trade policy. During his European tour, he has tried to strengthen the common front with his allies against China, which he has warned will react if challenged.
During the NATO summit in Brussels, the Alliance leaders demanded that China "act responsibly." They noted its "growing influence," something that "may present challenges" that the Atlantic organization must address.