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U.S., China Seeking to Stabilize Ties With Biden-Xi Summit

  • Leaders expected to discuss economy, Taiwan, sanctions, visas
  • U.S. wants ‘guardrails’ on China relationship to ease tensions
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Biden, Xi Begin Virtual Summit
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U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have plenty to discuss during their first virtual summit -- from sanctions to Taiwan -- even as expectations for a breakthrough on major issues are low. 

A Biden administration official said the U.S. expects the virtual summit at 7:45 p.m. on Monday night in Washington to last several hours, a time frame that includes translation for both leaders in their third conversation this year. It comes as the world’s two biggest economies spar regularly over the origin of Covid-19, human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, and the status of Taiwan.