President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China plan to fulfill in California on Wednesday for a dialogue that Mr. Biden’s advisers say is supposed to stabilize relations even because it encompasses a host of matters on which the 2 fiercely aggressive international locations disagree.
The Biden administration, which formally introduced the assembly on Friday morning, mentioned the 2 leaders would have the extremely choreographed dialogue as they attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco, often known as APEC.
In a name with reporters on Thursday, two senior advisers to Mr. Biden mentioned the assembly was supposed to be wide-ranging, with Mr. Biden ready to convey up points together with Taiwan, election interference, the struggle in Ukraine and the struggle between Israel and Hamas.
Taiwan, a self-ruled island claimed by China, is ready to carry elections early subsequent 12 months, and officers mentioned Mr. Biden would search to “present” Mr. Xi with “clarity” — which means that the United States expects Beijing to not intervene and is anxious that it’d. Mr. Biden can also be anticipated to warn Mr. Xi in opposition to interfering in U.S. elections.
The advisers, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to preview the assembly, didn’t present specifics on its location, citing safety issues.
The assembly will happen virtually a 12 months to the day after Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi met throughout the Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, one other rigidly deliberate diplomatic affair that passed off amid fears over rising Chinese aggression towards Taiwan and steep competitors between Washington and Beijing over navy and know-how advances. The two haven’t spoken since, and the intervening 12 months has severely examined relations.
A Chinese spy balloon that crossed over the United States earlier than an American fighter jet downed it off the coast of South Carolina set off a diplomatic disaster in February. And extra not too long ago, tensions have flared over issues equivalent to Chinese espionage and U.S. restrictions on know-how exports to China.
Strains stay and shall be addressed, Mr. Biden’s advisers say, however this 12 months, Chinese and American officers have additionally emphasised the significance of strengthening ties between the world’s two largest economies. The Biden administration has already despatched a number of prime officers — together with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo — to China this 12 months to attempt to clarify that whereas the United States desires to guard nationwide safety, it doesn’t search to sever financial ties.
On Thursday, China’s ambassador to the United States, Xie Feng, mentioned in video remarks to a discussion board in Hong Kong that China needed reassurances that “the U.S. does not seek to change China’s system, does not seek a new Cold War, does not support Taiwan independence and has no intention to seek decoupling from China.”
“Sino-U.S. relations are still facing severe challenges, and there is still a long way to go to stabilize and improve relations,” Mr. Xie mentioned on the occasion, the Hong Kong Forum on U.S.-China Relations.
Experts cautioned in opposition to anticipating the assembly between Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi to provide any breakthroughs on thorny points equivalent to China’s navy aggression in Taiwan, U.S. limits on the gross sales of superior semiconductors to China or American issues about China’s human rights document.
“There won’t be anything that will move the relationship in a different direction,” mentioned Oriana Skylar Mastro, a fellow on the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
Outside of the assembly with Mr. Biden, Mr. Xi is predicted to focus a lot of his time in California on exhibiting leaders of American business that his nation is open for business. After he and Mr. Biden meet, Mr. Xi is predicted to talk to prime American business executives at a $2,000-a-plate dinner, a part of a “C.E.O. Summit” happening on the sidelines of the principle occasion.
Aside from problems with commerce and competitors, Mr. Biden is predicted to broach the struggle in Gaza with Mr. Xi, officers mentioned on Thursday. Beijing has a heat commerce and diplomatic relationship with Iran, a rustic that helps assist Hamas and different militant teams within the Middle East, and Mr. Biden is predicted to emphasize to Mr. Xi that the United States will reply to any enlargement of the struggle brought on by Iran.
Mr. Biden may even be monitoring developments in Washington as he navigates the assembly with Mr. Xi and engages with different leaders at APEC, a gaggle of 21 international locations that encompass the Pacific Ocean. While Mr. Biden is on the West Coast, the federal authorities is ready to inch nearer to a shutdown.
House Republicans, up to now, have been unable to coalesce round proposals to fund the federal government, and the present stopgap spending measure expires on Nov. 17. White House officers have advised that the president might lower his journey brief if a shutdown appears to be like possible, however on Thursday, they publicly downplayed that concept.
Asked about the potential of tumult in Washington reducing into Mr. Biden’s journey, John F. Kirby, a White House spokesman, advised reporters, “Well, my goodness, we haven’t even loaded luggage on the plane.”
Ana Swanson and Peter Baker contributed reporting.