Beijing, The Gulf Observer: At the invitation of U.S. President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit San Francisco from November 14 to 17 to hold a bilateral meeting with Biden and attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.
The meeting will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since their meeting ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia’s Bali last year.
The two heads of state will have in-depth communication on issues of strategic, overarching and fundamental importance in shaping China-U.S. relations and major issues concerning world peace and development, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of APEC’s first leaders’ meeting, Xi’s trip to APEC upon invitation reflects the great importance China attaches to Asia-Pacific economic cooperation, the spokesperson said.
With mounting factors of instability and uncertainty in the world economy, there is a widely shared expectation for the Asia-Pacific to remain an economic engine to lead global growth and APEC is a key platform for economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, according to the spokesperson.
President Xi will deliver an important speech at the meeting to fully elaborate on China’s major propositions on deepening Asia-Pacific cooperation and driving regional and global growth, the spokesperson said.
“We hope that all parties will remember what brought countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific together in the first place, focus on the region’s urgent needs, deepen solidarity and cooperation, deliver on the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 in an all-round and balanced way, and work for positive outcomes at the meeting, so as to provide new growth impetus for the Asia-Pacific and the wider world and jointly build an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future,” said the spokesperson.