US and China aim to hold online summit by year-end

A senior US government official has said the United States and China have agreed in principle that their presidents will hold online talks by the end of this year.

The development comes after US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Yang Jiechi, a Politburo member and China's top diplomat, met in Zurich on Wednesday. A senior official of the Biden administration told reporters the meeting lasted about 6 hours.

In a statement, the White House said Sullivan conveyed US concerns about China's actions related to human rights and Taiwan and other areas. It added that Sullivan made clear that Washington will continue to engage Beijing ''at a senior level to ensure responsible competition.''

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Yang explained Beijing's stance on issues such as Taiwan and human rights. He called on the US to respect China's sovereignty and stop interfering in its internal affairs.

The ministry noted that the US indicated it adheres to the One China principle that Taiwan is part of China.

The ministry said Yang objected to using the word ''competition'' to characterize the bilateral relationship.
It quoted him as saying that China and the US -- and the world, would benefit if the two countries cooperate, but that it would be extremely damaging if they confront each other.