US aiming to defuse tensions in Biden-Xi summit

With most attention in the build-up focused on the sparring over Taiwan, a self-ruling democracy claimed by China, Biden’s aides have cast the summit as an opportunity to help prevent tensions escalating further.

“We know as a responsible global leader that it’s important to keep channels of communication open,” a senior administration official told reporters, adding that “competition” between the two countries should not lead to “conflict.”…

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