China's Xi to meet Biden, Macron at G20 summit in Bali

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China's President Xi Jinping will meet his US counterpart Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 group of nations summit in the Indonesian resort of Bali next week.

China's Foreign Ministry said the meeting with Biden – which the White House said would take place on Monday – would be the pair's first face-to-face meeting since Biden became President.

Biden and Xi last met in person during the Obama administration, and US ties with China have since sunk to their lowest level in decades, most notably since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's August trip to Taiwan, the self-governed democratic island that Beijing claims as its territory.

China is Washington's main strategic rival and the world's second-largest economy after the United States.

Biden has been seeking stable relations with Beijing despite tensions over Taiwan, the South China Sea, trade and a range of other issues.

'Deepen lines of communication'


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