President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping refused to hold the summit to US President Joe Biden. This became known to the Financial Times from two sources familiar with the details of the telephone conversation between the two leaders, RIA Novosti reports.
According to interlocutors of the publication, Biden offered to hold a summit meeting during a 90-minute conversation between the leaders, which took place last week. “The US President suggested that Xi hold a summit to break the stalemate in US-China relations,” the article says. However, Xi Jinping rejected the proposal, pointing out the need for Washington to choose “a less harsh tone towards Beijing.”
It is noted that the refusal “led a number of US officials to the conclusion that Beijing continues to play a tough game with Washington.”
During the same conversation, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping discussed COVID-19 and its origins. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stressed that the US presidential administration is seeking to uncover the causes of the pandemic, which is one of its “main concerns.”