China confirms Xi Jinping to meet Biden and Macron next week

China confirms Xi Jinping to meet Biden and Macron next week

China has confirmed that President Xi Jinping will meet his American and French counterparts Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron at the G20 and Apec summits next week.

The trip to Bali, Indonesia for the Group of 20 summit will be the Chinese leader's first overseas trip since he secured an unprecedented third term last month. His trip will start on Monday, when the United States said the Biden meeting will take place.

The Chinese foreign ministry also announced Xi will visit Thailand for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that starts on Thursday, the day after the G20 ends. Xi is also expected to hold meetings with his Senegalese and Argentine counterparts Macky Sall and Alberto Fernandez at some point during the two summits.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China supports the summit's aims of pushing for a global recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On China's expectations for the Biden meeting, he said Beijing "advocates a correct way of coexistence between China and the United States, while firmly defending our own sovereignty, security and development interests".

"The United States should go in the same direction with China, properly manage differences, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, and push toward the return of China-US relations to the right track of a healthy and stable development," he added.