US President Joe Biden will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco today. It has been a year since Biden and Xi spoke. Their last meeting was at the Group of 20 summit, G20 in Indonesia last year. Since then, tensions between the two nations have grown following a series of events triggered by the shooting down of a Chinese spy balloon that had flown across the U.S. earlier this year.
The Biden-Xi bilateral will be an important moment of the forum, which is dedicated to promoting trade, investment, and economic development among nations around the Pacific Ocean.
US officials have said that the Biden-Xi meeting will produce some concrete results, including the possible re-establishment of military communication between the two nations. China had cut off military-to-military communications with the United States after a visit by then-U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan last year.