Xi-Biden meeting: Taiwan top of agenda for Chinese and US leaders

Taiwan is expected to top the agenda when US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet next week – their first in-person encounter since Mr Biden took office in 2020.

The much-awaited meeting comes at a time when relations between the two superpowers have particularly soured.

This has been fuelled by Beijing’s claims over self-ruled Taiwan and its increasing assertiveness in Asia.

The US has responded by restricting access to computer chip technology.

That has hit China’s export-driven economy which uses the tech to make and sell everything from phones to electric cars.

Given the recent spike in tensions and rhetoric, the world – and America’s Asian allies such India, Japan and Australia – will be closely watching the meeting scheduled to take place on Monday in Bali ahead of the G20 Summit.

Mr Xi has spent most of the pandemic in China and only recently began travelling overseas again.

“I’m sure we’ll discuss Taiwan… and what I want to do with him when we talk…

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