President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is about to hold his first face-to-face meeting with President Xi Jinping of China since Mr. Biden was inaugurated last year.
The last time Biden and Xi met face-to-face was in Davos in 2017 when he was Vice President. Since Biden came into office last year, both leaders have had five phone or video calls.
The last American leader Xi met in person was former President Donald J. Trump in 2019, the year before COVID-19 hit.
The White House said ahead of their meeting that both leaders will discuss “efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication between the United States and the PRC, responsibly manage competition, and work together where our interests align, especially on transnational challenges that affect the international community.”
The two Leaders will also discuss a range of regional and global issues, added the White House.
China is now a rising power projected to overtake the United States economically and has been expanding its influence across the world, including in Africa.
Not many decades ago, the Chinese were laughed at in the United States, with signs such as ‘dogs and Chinese not allowed’ into some rooms.
The United States now sees China as its biggest competitor and threat, a nuclear power with a strong economy.
But there are challenges spanning from Taiwan to Hong Kong and the South East Asia in general. Many in the United States also expect President Biden to raise the issue of the origin of COVID-19 which originated from China and has killed more than one million Americans between 2020 and 2022.