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President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping will hold their much-anticipated virtual summit Monday evening as the two sides look to dial back tensions.
Watch Psaki’s remarks in the player above.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki provided a preview to the meeting at the White House briefing, saying the president sees the virtual visit as an “opportunity to set the terms of the competition with China in a way that reflects our interests and values, insist that the PRC play by the rules of the road.”
She said Biden will underscore that China should be “playing by the rules that the rest of the global community expects.”
But he also looks forward to discussing areas where the interests of the two nations align.
Psaki said Biden, who has spent a substantial amount of time with Xi, believes his long history with the Chinese leader allows for a greater transparency.
“The president feels that he’s able to have candid discussions with President Xi, someone where he can raise, whom, with whom he can raise directly, areas where we have concern, whether it’s security issues, whether it’s economic issues, whether it is human rights issues,” she said.
The meeting will be the third engagement between the two leaders since February.
Psaki also provided an update on U.S. involvement in the increasing tensions on the Belarus-Poland border, saying the White House is continuing “to work in close contact…with our EU partners and other allies who are working to hold the Lukashenko regime accountable for its ongoing attack.”
The European Union on Monday ratcheted up pressure on Belarus by agreeing to slap sanctions on airlines accused of helping President Alexander Lukashenko to wage a “hybrid attack” against the bloc using migrants, as tensions mounted on the Polish and Lithuanian borders.
Up to 4,000 migrants are stuck in makeshift camps in freezing weather after Poland reinforced its border with Belarus with 15,000 soldiers, in addition to border guards and police. At least nine migrants have died. Many of them want to head further west, often to Germany.
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