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Ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Beijing on Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry is confirming that President Xi Jinping called for the two countries to promote the development of the “China model of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying expressed confidence in co-operating with the United States in world affairs and China-U.S. ties at a regular briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.
Hua repeated, for the umpteenth time, China’s position that both countries must respect each other’s core interests and major concerns.
Hua declined to comment on U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, saying the disagreement between the two countries on the issue wasn’t a matter between China and the United States.
The U.S. administration has also said in the past that it believes Taiwan is a part of China.
Hua said China welcomes Biden’s trip, which will include bilateral and regional meetings and a roundtable discussion with the media.
Biden is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. He is also scheduled to deliver a speech at a Beijing university.
Another pressing issue for Biden is human rights.
Qiao Mu, a human rights lawyer, told the Associated Press that Biden should push the Chinese government on reforms like improved prison conditions for mentally ill prisoners and ending forced re-education through labor.