The meeting could take place as early as next week, according to Reuters.
“Right now, relations between China and the US are at a historically critical point. Both countries will benefit from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Cooperation is the only right choice,” Xi wrote in a letter read by Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang at the New York National Committee on US-China Relations’ annual gala, CNBC reported. The commission is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving relations between China and the US. It was broadcast live to China on Tuesday evening in New York, Wednesday morning in Beijing.
Xi continued“According to the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to improve exchanges and cooperation across the board.”
Biden and Xi last spoke in September.
“This discussion, as President Biden made clear, was part of the United States’ ongoing effort to responsibly manage competition between the United States and the People’s Republic of China,” a White House readout of the call said. “President Biden underlined the United States’ continued interest in peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both countries to ensure competition does not turn into conflict.”
Relations between China and the US have been tense in recent years, worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, trade difficulties and allegations of the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
No date has yet been set between Xi and Biden, according to Reuters.