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Biden-Jinping meeting to remove bitterness

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Biden-Jinping meeting
US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are holding a virtual meeting to ease the bitterness between the two countries. The White House has confirmed that the meeting will take place on Monday evening, local time in the United States.

White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie said in a statement that "the leaders of the two countries will discuss ways to overcome the hostile and competitive relationship that has developed between the United States and China. Besides, they will also discuss issues of common interest to the two countries."

President Biden will make clear at the meeting the issues that the United States is aware of and prioritizes. He also spoke in support of the US Alliance but said that maintaining some independence was important for China.

Corona pandemic has been a source of tension in US diplomatic relations with China on a number of issues, including increasing the stockpile of nuclear weapons. International political analysts fear that if this bitter relationship continues, it could escalate into conflict in the near future.

U.S. policymakers believe the Biden-Jinping meeting will clarify many issues and end the "misunderstanding" between the two countries.

At the moment, however, Beijing-Washington, wants to avoid conflict as well as improve relations between the two countries. Beijing wants this for two main reasons: hosting the Winter Olympics this year in China, and ahead of the National Congress (Congress) of the country's ruling Communist Party (CPC).

At the conference, rumors are circulating that Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to be elected the party's top leader and president for the third time.

A White House official told the AFP news agency that the United States wanted to compete with China financially and commercially, but that the Biden administration was aware that it would not escalate into a conflict.

The official told AFP: "It simply came to our notice then. However, the Biden administration hopes that a solution to the bitterness between the two countries will emerge from the meeting.

"Our position is clear. We do not want to compete with the People's Republic of China (PRC)."

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