Joe Biden says he intended to discuss with Xi Jinping growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan, trade policies, Beijing’s relationship with Russia and more.
Taiwan says it has observed "multiple" Chinese planes and ships operating in the Taiwan Strait, believing them to be simulating an attack on the self-ruled democracy's main island.
The measures, which come amid cratering ties between China and the US, are the latest in a promised series of steps intended to hit back at the US for allowing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei looks set to dominate the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Phnom Penh, as the bloc also looks to tackle the Myanmar crisis.
Nancy Pelosi met with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who urged the US official to strive for "stable" ties with China amid an escalation in tensions between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan.
An in-person summit between the leaders has been planned, though no detail has been given on the timing or location.
Beijing hopes to turn next week's Games into a soft power triumph, but the lead-up has been clouded by a US-led diplomatic boycott over China's human rights record.
China warns US over human rights-related sanctions on Chinese individuals and entities, including artificial intelligence company SenseTime.
US President Joe Biden raised concerns about Beijing’s practices in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and China’s Xi Jinping warned of Taiwan “red line,” but both sides described the meeting as frank and direct.
Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi warned of the dangers of US support for the 'Taiwan independence' after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised concerns over Beijing's pressure on Taipei.
The two leaders are expected to meet to dial back tensions after a rough start to the US-China relationship since Biden took office earlier this year.
Beijing could have 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027 and could top 1,000 by 2030, an arsenal two-and-a-half times the size of what the Pentagon predicted only a year ago.
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