The White House gave ample hints of potential direct talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping as Washington’s relationship with Beijing continues to deteriorate.
In a ANI report, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, “it’s something that we would remain open to if the conditions are right and the circumstances are warranted.”
Price told reporters that the suggestion of a “meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping was not a sign of any breakthrough but was merely the reflection of Biden’s commitment to diplomacy.”
Price made the remarks after President Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the two leaders are due to take stock of where Washington and Beijing are in the relationship.
“Soon enough we will sit down to work out the right modality for the two presidents to engage,” Sullivan said adding “it’s now just a question of when and how.”
When asked about when and how the meeting will be held, Sullivan said, “It could be a phone call, it could be a meeting on the margins of another international summit, it could be something else.”
US State Department spokesperson went on to say, “Certainly don’t have any meeting planned between President Xi, President Biden, nothing set to preview at this time, but it’s something that we would remain open to if the conditions are right and the circumstances are warranted.”