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Biden to hold virtual talks with Xi after Chinese president ignores G-20 and climate summits

President Joe Biden will meet face-to-face with Chinese President Xi Jinping practically before the end of the year, according to the White House’s top national security expert.

But there is no date for the digital conversation with Jinping, who will not be attending the G-20 and United Nations climate summits in person, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday. .


The two world leaders “will be able to sit as close as possible face to face as technology allows to see each other and spend a lot of time reviewing the whole agenda,” Sullivan said.

Xi has not left China throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with Sullivan noting that this was “largely” his reason for skipping multilateral summits. Russian President Vladimir Putin is also not expected to attend any of these gatherings in person.

Biden’s priorities for the G-20 include reaching a global minimum tax deal, Sullivan said in his overview of the president’s trip to Italy and Scotland for the G-20 and the 26th Conference of the Parties to the Convention. United Nations Climate Change Framework, respectively. Another is to ensure “a united front” against Iran’s nuclear proliferation, although Sullivan added that the patience of the United States is not unlimited.

“We believe there is still an opportunity to resolve this issue diplomatically,” he said.

Sullivan also defended Biden’s credibility on climate issues, although he traveled to Glasgow without his Democratic-controlled Congress passing environmental-focused legislation.

“I think you have a sophisticated set of world leaders who understand politics in their own countries,” he said.

Sullivan declined to confirm whether the press would have access to Biden’s fourth audience with Pope Francis in Rome. But he said Biden would have his first in-person meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G-20 on Friday, coming a month after the diplomatic uproar caused by his new national security alliance with the UK and Australia. .


Biden leaves for Rome on Thursday, where he and First Lady Jill Biden will visit the Pope on Friday. Biden will attend the G-20 summit on Saturday and Sunday before flying to Glasgow on Monday for the climate rally. Environmental talks end on November 2, with the president returning to the White House on November 3.

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