China Hopes Beijing-Washington to Work Together for Coexistence

The Presidents of China, Xi Jinping and US Joe Biden will meet via video link to have candid and in-depth discussions on strategic issues concerning the future of China-U.S. relations and important issues of common concern, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian said on Monday.

Zhao made the remarks during a news briefing when asked to comment on the upcoming virtual meeting between the two presidents.

The two presidents will have their first virtual meeting early Tuesday. This is the first video call since Biden’s inauguration in January, though they had two phone calls in February and September.

Zhao noted that as China-U.S. relations are now at a critical crossroads, this virtual meeting is a crucial event in China-U.S. relations and international relations.

According to Zhao, it is the shared hope of the two countries and the international community that the meeting will yield outcomes beneficial to both nations and the world.

“It is hoped that the United States will work with China to strengthen dialogue and cooperation, effectively manage differences, properly handle sensitive issues, and explore the way of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence between the two major countries in the new era, to bring bilateral relations back on the right track of sound and stable development,” Zhao said.

Scorching issues such as Hong Kong and Taiwan could properly dominate the meeting. Alleged human rights violations of ethnic Uyghurs and trade supply chains are also a potential agenda of discussion between the two leaders.

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