Biden-Xi virtual summit seeks to settle tense relationship

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Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping will talk Monday at a virtual summit aimed at calming tensions over Taiwan and other flashpoints, but with both sides signaling little appetite for significant compromise. The two leaders have spoken by phone twice since Biden’s inauguration in January but with Xi refusing to travel abroad because of the pandemic, an online video meeting was the only option short of an in-person summit. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden was going into the summit, expected to last a couple hours, “from a position of strength,” after mon…

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