SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese leader Xi Jinping has arrived in San Francisco a day ahead of his highly expected meeting with US President Joe Biden, local media reported on Tuesday.
President Xi last traveled to Washington six years ago, and is due for lengthy dialogues with Presodent Biden in their first face to face meeting in a year.
They are meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit as both sides seek to stabilize relations. The APEC forum brings together 21 nations, which together account for around 60 percent of the globe economy.
China’s President Xi Lands in San Francisco
President Xi was welcomed by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and California Governor Gavin Newsom, local media reported.
Similarly, US President Joe Biden also landed in San Francisco ahead of his attendance at APEC and expected Wednesday meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, local media reported on Tuesday.
As per media reports, President Joe Biden will stay in San Francisco until Friday. US President Joe Biden has said that his aim during talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping this week is to restart normal communications between the two sides, including military-to-military contacts.
Speaking to journalists following remarks on climate change at the White House, President Biden said he is making efforts to alter the US ties with China for the better, following a period of strained relations.
The China-US leaders’ summit is expected to involve extensive discussions on strategic, general, and directional matters concerning bilateral relations, along with major issues related to global peace and development, said Chinese’s foreign ministry in a statement.