Joe Biden wants to clarify that the United States does not seek to enter into conflict with China: the White House

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Joe Biden wants to clarify that the United States does not seek to enter into conflict with China: the White House
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The White House said Joe Biden would speak to reporters after meeting with President Xi. (Case)

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US President Joe Biden will make it clear during his bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Indonesia that his country seeks no conflict, a White House official said on Sunday.

The two leaders are set to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali this week for their first face-to-face meeting since President Biden took office in January 2021. Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to Joe Biden, said said the meeting could last “a few hours”.

“The president sees the United States and China as engaged in fierce competition, but that competition must not boil over into conflict or confrontation,” Sullivan told reporters. “It needs to be managed responsibly…and there are also areas where we can work together.”

Mr Sullivan said President Biden would be “completely frank and direct” in his conversation with President Xi, continuing an approach he has pursued since the start of his presidency. He said the administration was not looking to “reset” the relationship, despite various issues and flashpoints that had arisen, but saw the meeting as a continuation of Joe Biden’s approach.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Joe Biden would speak to reporters after his meeting with President Xi, but declined to say whether he would hold a full press conference.

The US president is on his way to the G20 summit in Indonesia after meeting with Southeast Asian and East Asian leaders in Cambodia.

President Biden’s visit to Cambodia showed there is a “huge signal of demand” for US engagement, Jake Sullivan said.

He added that Joe Biden believes the results of the US midterm elections, in which the Democratic Party dashed hopes of a Republican “red wave”, will establish a strong position for him on the international stage.

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