Tensions between China and the US have been growing over a few issues this year. For one, the US has been paying more diplomatic attention to Taiwan, which China sees as a threat to its claim over the self-governing island. Plus, China hasn’t condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine, which the US isn’t happy about. Most recently, the US put export controls on advanced semiconductors and related equipment sent to China, which is a blow to the Chinese tech industry.
With the G20 conference coming up next week, US President Biden and Chinese President Xi will talk beforehand on Monday. This will be the first time the two have met in person since Biden took office in 2021. They are expected to talk on trade, North Korea and human rights – as well as Taiwan and Russia. US officials are hoping that the pair will be able to form a working relationship in areas like climate change and the economy.
“The 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,” Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said in a statement.
Biden says he wants to look at the two countries’ interests to “determine whether or not they conflict with one another."
"The big question is ... are the two leaders going to come in a sort of more conciliatory mode or sort of a more defiant one," said Matthew Goodman, senior vice president for economics at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. "They've both gotten through their political events of the year."