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Biden and Xi explore 'recoupling' as advisers meet in Zurich

Chinese leader's potential Africa trip leaves open a path to U.S.-China summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping has not stepped outside of China since January 2020. He visited Myanmar, and was later criticized for not being in Beijing as a health crisis was emerging in Wuhan.   © Kyodo

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan will travel to Switzerland to meet China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi, the White House announced Tuesday, a sign that the two sides are seeking to lower the temperature after years of rising tensions.

The meeting in Zurich, which may come as early as Wednesday, could pave way for the first in-person talks between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Rome, which begins Oct. 30.

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