President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping
During a telephone conversation on September 9 US President Joseph Biden proposed Chinese leader Xi Jinping to meet in person in order to break bilateral relations out of the impasse, however, the President of the PRC rejected this proposal.
This was reported by the British newspaper Financial Times, citing unnamed sources familiar with the content of the conversation between the heads of the two countries. The interlocutors of the publication argue that in response to Biden’s proposal to hold a bilateral summit, Xi Jinping said that Washington should adhere to a less aggressive rhetoric towards the PRC.
According to one of the sources, the head of the White House mentioned a personal meeting with the Chinese leader only as one of the possibilities for further interaction, and did not expect an “immediate response”.
Among the reasons why Xi Jinping did not want to meet with Biden, the Financial Times points to the coronavirus pandemic, recalling that the head of China has not left the country since January 2020. According to another version, his refusal is explained by the fact that Beijing continues to play a “tough game” with Washington.
As the website kp.ru wrote, the conversation between Biden and Xi Jinping on the phone lasted for about an hour and a half. Earlier, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden, in an interview with Xi Jinping, “did not avoid areas of disagreement,” but refrained from lecturing and arrogance: “the tone was not edifying or condescending, it was respectful.”