China hopes to bring relations with US ‘back on track’ at G-20 summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping arriving at Ngurah Rai International airport in Bali, for the G-20 summit, on Nov 14, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING – China said on Monday it hopes a meeting between President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Joe Biden ahead of the G-20 summit will bring relations “back on track”.

Asked by AFP at a regular press briefing what China’s expectations were from the face-to-face talks in Bali, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Beijing is striving for “mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation” with Washington.

“We hope the US will work together with China, appropriately keep differences in check, promote mutually beneficial cooperation and avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments in order to push US-China relations back on track for healthy and stable development,” she said.

Mr Xi arrived in Bali on Monday afternoon on only his second overseas trip since the Covid-19 pandemic, after a visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in September.

Mr Biden earlier said he was hoping to set “guardrails” for relations between the world’s two largest economies as they vie for international primacy. AFP

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