Joe Biden and Xi Jinping to meet virtually on Monday 

Concerns over a potential conflict between the US and China have been growing as of late, especially as news of the latter’s growing nuclear arsenal emerged.

However, in a sign that tensions could cool in the near future, president Biden and Xi have both agreed to hold a virtual summit on Monday to smooth over relations.

Biden’s hope was for the pair to meet in-person, however, Xi has not left China for nearly two years due to the pandemic.

“The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the People’s Republic of China as well as ways to work together where our interests align,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told the Financial Times.

The timing of the summit couldn’t be better, with relations between the two strained, and both struggling with unsettled domestic affairs.

While the US has applied pressure to China over its treatment of Uyghurs and its handling of Taiwan, China is growing frustrated at America’s continued interference.

Furthermore, the Pentagon is specifically worried about China’s growing nuclear arsenal, which reports suggest is growing at a rapid pace.

In addition, China has tested two hypersonic weapons, one of which travelled around the earth, highlighting its capability of attacking America without requiring nuclear weapons.

Throwing climate change and the pandemic into the mix, it is clear the two leaders have plenty to discuss.

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