The date was not officially confirmed initially. However, Beijing and Washington said they hoped to meet next week. US President Biden invited Xi to the APEC summit as host.
The last meeting of the two heads of state was on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali in November 2022. At the time, each of them described the talks as positive and said they were looking for ways to avoid conflict between the two major world powers. But in the meantime new tensions arose.
Relations between the two economic powers have been tense for years, with points of contention including trade, human rights and the Taiwan conflict. However, both states are trying to improve relations.