According to reports, President Biden will host a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week amid China’s worrying military developments and allegations of hiding the origins Covid-19. 

Bloomberg was told by two people that a virtual sit-down has been scheduled for next week, although no specific date has been set. 

It is unlikely that the session will address the reopening or reopening the US consulate at Chengdu, nor the Chinese consulate at Houston. Both were closed in a titt-for-tat dispute last July. 

Already, the White House stated that they will not be able to deliver any specific results. 

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House deputy Press Secretary, stated Monday that the move was part of “our ongoing efforts” to responsibly manage international competition. She added that it isn’t about getting specific deliverables. 

This meeting won’t be seeking’specific deliverables.’ It comes amid China’s increasing encroachment upon Taiwan, their genocide’ of Uighur peoples in the Xinjiang Province, multiple missile tests, and unanswered queries about the pandemic’s source. 

Biden and Xi shake hands at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2013

Biden and Xi meet at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing 2013, 2013. 

Biden has often touted his relationship with Xi as vice president from 2009 to 2017.  Here he is pictured toasting a non-alcholic beverage with Xi at a Department of State luncheon in 2015

Biden frequently spoke about his vice-presidential relationship with Xi from 2009 to 2017.  Biden is seen here enjoying a non-alcholic drink with Xi during a Department of State luncheon held in 2015. 

While the White House is diplomatic, it has repeatedly stressed that China should be considered as a partner and not a threat to its sovereignty. Biden often spoke of his vice-presidential relationship with Xi from 2009 to 2017. 

Biden traveled to China, which is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, last week in order to attend the United Nations Climate Conference, COP26. 

Biden stated that “They have lost the ability of influence people across the globe here in COP.”

I’ve stated it clearly, that this is competition. Biden stated that it does not need to be conflict and outlined his relationship with Xi. 

“There’s no reason to have conflict.” But I’ve also indicated to him … that we expect him to play by the rules of the road.’

In recent weeks, tensions around Taiwan have risen. China increased its military presence on Taiwan and has used a more bellicose tone.

Biden made a big deal about China during a CNN Town Hall last month, when he stated that the US would defend Taiwan against an attack from China. This statement was later disregarded by the White House.  

China's military capabilities have become cause for concern for the US

The US has become concerned about China’s military capability 

The U.S. also made it clear that they will continue to support Taiwan’s defense.

Biden claimed that the US would not alter its stance on international issues such as sea lanes, air space and cybersecurity.

“I am not seeking, I don’t anticipate the need for armed conflicts.”

China now has the world’s largest navy and is preparing to launch a new high-tech aircraft carrier by February, the Pentagon has revealed.

China’s threat to the world was further highlighted by satellite photos showing mock-ups from a US destroyer and aircraft carrier in the northwestern desert. This is believed to be being used in wargames as tensions rise between nuclear-armed states. 

This month, the Pentagon released a report stating that China has expanded its nuclear arsenal much more quickly than U.S. officials had predicted a year ago.

According to the report, this seems to have been designed to help Beijing match or exceed U.S. power in the global arena by mid-century.

The US has begun testing its missile defense system, and is now setting up its own version on Guam in the Pacific Ocean.

Guam, the nearest US military base to China at approximately 3,000 miles away from the mainland, has more than 190,000.

This was after China launched an hypersonic, nuclear-capable missile to circle the Earth in August. Washington was not prepared for the event.    

China is refusing to cooperate with the west in investigating the origins of the virus. They have been accused of hiding the truth about the first weeks of the pandemic and the moment they discovered a new virus.

Biden instructed the intelligence community in May to perform a 90-day investigation into the origins of coronavirus after a Wall Street Journal story revealed that three Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers became so sick they had to go to hospital. Although the report was inconclusive and Republicans have claimed that it supports lab leak theories, there is still evidence to support this theory. 

In September, documents leaked by The Intercept revealed that The US’ National Institutes of Health had indirectly funded gain-of-function research. This involves making viruses more deadly or virulent to help study them. These experiments were to modify coronaviruses that differed from Covid-19, which were then made more infectious.