US president Biden says lines of communication to stay open with China

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United States President Joe Biden on Sunday told the East Asia summit that lines of communication with China would stay open, even as the two countries compete, to ensure they do not veer into conflict, according to the White House.

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Biden is in Cambodia alongside other world leaders at the ASEAN summit led by Southeast Asian leaders. He is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday, for the first time since taking office, at the G20 summit in Indonesia’s Bali.

On top of his agenda of discussions with Xi are US concerns over Taiwan, Russia’s war in Ukraine and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions on top of his agenda.

The long-awaited in person meeting comes as relations between the superpowers have sunk to their lowest in decades. The two will meet on the Indonesian island of Bali ahead of the annual Group of 20 (G20) summit gathering leaders of the world’s major developed and emerging economies.

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