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Biden and Xi to meet virtually before end of this year: U.S. official Updated: 2021-10-07 13:52:11 KST

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual bilateral meeting before the end of this year.
That's according to a senior U.S. official on Wednesday, who said an "agreement in principle" for the virtual meeting has been reached between the two countries.
The official added that the presidential meeting was proposed after Biden mentioned that he would like to be able to see Xi again during their phone call last month.
Details on the meeting are yet to be worked out.
The tentative agreement came after a six-hour meeting between White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Zurich on Wednesday.
The central goal of the meeting was to improve communications, amid rising tensions between the two countries over the issue of Taiwan.
Beijing sent record high numbers of war planes into Taiwan's airspace in the past week, prompting sharp warnings from Washington.
According to a White House statement regarding Wednesday's meeting, Sullivan emphasized the need to maintain open lines of communication, while raising concerns about China's recent military provocations against Taiwan.
China's human rights abuses against ethnic minorities and Beijing's stances on Hong Kong were also on the agenda.
The U.S. also vowed to continuously engage with Beijing at a senior level.
The meeting served as a follow up to Biden's call with Xi last month where Biden stressed the need to manage competition between the nations in a responsible manner.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News
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