President Biden denied that President Xi Jinping refused to meet the summit

President Biden denied that President Xi Jinping refused to meet the summit - Photo 1.

US President Joe Biden visits the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Arvada, Colorado, USA on September 14 – Photo: REUTERS

“That’s not true,” Biden replied to a reporter’s question about whether he was disappointed that Xi refused to meet him face-to-face.

Earlier, also on September 14, Jake Sullivan – Biden’s national security adviser – asserted that the information published in the Financial Times “did not accurately describe the phone call”. The Financial Times reported that Xi had refused to have a summit with Biden.

However, according to Reuters news agency, one of the Financial Times sources confirmed the newspaper’s report was accurate.

The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Reuters news agency.

Before, Financial Times Citing sources familiar with the 90-minute phone call last week, Xi did not accept Biden’s offer, instead stressing that Washington should adopt a less tough tone with Beijing.

One of the sources of Financial Times said Biden did not expect an immediate response from Xi after suggesting a face-to-face summit between the two leaders.

Financial Times Citing a US official, the White House believes Xi’s rejection of Biden’s offer was partly due to concerns about the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to Reuters, Xi did not leave China after the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in the country in late 2019 – early 2020.

On September 9, Biden had a phone call with Xi for the first time in seven months. During the call, the two leaders had a “strategic, multi-way discussion,” the White House said.

Chinese state media also said President Xi Jinping had a “frank, in-depth” discussion with his US counterpart Joe Biden, that both leaders had agreed to maintain regular contact.

Relations between the US and China are at their lowest point in decades. Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi have only spoken twice by phone since Mr. Biden took office in January this year.

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