President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said, sharing an agreement in principle has been reached on a meeting later this month in San Francisco.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stressed that the White House believes the best way to manage competition is through “intense diplomacy,” and said, “It’s going to be a constructive meeting which the president is looking forward to it.
“We are planning for a constructive meeting between the leaders, but still working together to put those plans into place,” the official said Wednesday.
Biden is traveling to San Francisco on November 14 to host representatives from the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member economies for APEC Economic Leaders’ Week.
The high-stakes meeting comes as the White House is navigating major wars in Ukraine and Israel, and amid growing competition with China as the US has worked to reestablish regular communication with Beijing following months of tension.
Biden has frequently framed the battle between the world’s democracies and autocracies as a central issue of his presidency.
Other key issues up for discussion include trade and the economy and human rights concerns.