Blinken suggests US-China online summit soon

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has suggested that a virtual meeting between President Joe Biden and China's President Xi Jinping will be held soon.

Blinken made the remark at an online event on Wednesday.

The United States and China earlier agreed to hold a virtual summit between the two presidents by the end of this year.

Blinken was asked how much of the conversation at the summit he thinks is going to be around the ongoing investigation into the origin of the COVID-19.

The secretary noted that the coronavirus issue is going to be part of the summit talks.

He said, "It is about understanding what happened so that we are in a better place to prevent it from happening again. That's what we need to know."

As for the Biden administration's moves to shut out Chinese high-tech firms from the supply chain, the secretary said from his perspective, "This is not about decoupling from China."

Blinken said, "Trade, investment in both directions and with other countries is important to all of us, and done the right way, with a level playing field, with playing by the rules."

Although Biden reportedly regards China as the most serious competitor to the US, his administration appears not to be looking for a conflict with China.

Diplomatic observers predict the Biden administration will try to establish relations with China under "a competition in a responsible way" through the coming summit talks.