Former US vice-president Joe Biden will meet Chinese president Xi Jinping for the first time at the weekend, despite the crisis involving the arrest of a senior Huawei executive.
The summit – intended to focus on climate change and global security issues – was originally to have taken place in Beijing last year but was called off amid security concerns surrounding the US presidential election.
Former vice-president Joe Biden speaks to the American Independence Bicentennial Conference in the People’s Republic of China at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, in 2015. Photograph: Baidu.com via Getty Images
News of the summit came as the Wall Street Journal reported that, days before he arrived in the US, Xi summoned a Chinese delegation to Beijing on Friday for talks. Trump came under fire from Democrats and Republicans for failing to publicly defend the detained Huawei executive at a time when trade negotiations with China are under way.
China summoned the US ambassador, Terry Branstad, to voice its concern. “Taking the enforcement of the law as a principle, we hope relevant parties can adhere to international rules so as to protect the lawful rights and interests of Chinese nationals abroad,” Hua Chunying, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, said.