Biden: US, China to create discussion groups

US President Joe Biden says four discussion groups will be created, so that talks between the United States and China can continue. The two sides are trying to prevent bilateral tensions from escalating.

Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first virtual summit earlier this week. During the three-and-a half-hour meeting, they agreed to try to prevent the bilateral rivalry from escalating into a conflict by continuing their discussions.

Biden told reporters after the summit that it was a good meeting. He said, "We got a lot to follow up on." He added that the groups will be set up to discuss a wide range of issues.

Biden did not elaborate, but he indicated that he will be able to give more details within two weeks.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday that the two countries agreed to start discussing the issue of "strategic stability." Sullivan added that Biden raised with Xi "the need for a strategic stability set of conversations." He said those discussions need to be "led by senior empowered teams on both sides that cut across security, technology and diplomacy."

Attention is now focused on whether working-level negotiations will go ahead in the wake of the summit.