Biden and Xi will meet virtually on Monday

President Biden will meet almost with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, the White House announced on Friday.

The virtual meeting follows a September phone call. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the leaders of the world’s largest economies “will discuss ways to responsibly manage competition between the United States and the PRC, as well as ways to work together where our interests align.”

“President Biden will always explain U.S. intentions and priorities and will be clear and sincere about our concerns with the PRC,” Psaki said.

Earlier this week, the United States and China issued a joint statement claiming that they will work together to fight climate change. China, the world leader in emissions, has been criticized for not doing enough to fight climate change, and China’s commitment to the Paris Agreement has been questioned.

U.S. officials were also frustrated by China’s lack of sufficient cooperation in investigating the origins of the COVID-19 virus.

The president and Xi spoke in September for about 90 minutes – Mr Biden initiated that call essentially because he was growing excited over the reluctance of lower-ranking Chinese officials to have conversations of substance with members of his administration.

Mr. Biden and Xi have a long history, and met many times before he took office.

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