Biden denies that Xi Jinping refused meeting offer
... in a 90-minute meeting between the two leaders.
Baku, Jale Akbar, İnteraz - 15 September 2021, 15:18
In a 90-minute meeting between the two leaders, the Financial Times claimed that Chinese leader Xi Jinping had rejected the offer of a face-to-face meeting by Biden.
When asked by journalists if he was disappointed that Xi turned down the interview offer, Biden said: "It's not true."
Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, also said in a statement on the subject that the allegations in question were "not an accurate portrayal of the call. The presidents discussed the importance of being able to have private discussions between the two leaders, and we’re going to respect that," Sullivan said.
However, a source speaking to Reuters about the meeting confirmed the allegations and said that Xi apparently intimated that the tone and atmosphere of the relationship needed to be improved first.
China's Washington embassy did not comment on the allegations.
Another source claimed that the White House attributed Xi's refusal to meet with "concerns over the coronavirus".