Pacific economies meet in San Francisco as US looks to improve trade ties with China
18 November 2023 | 3:02 pm
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is holding its annual summit this week in San Francisco, the first time the United States has hosted since 2011. The main event will be on the sidelines: a tête-à-tête between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Joe Biden. The two haven't spoken since they met last November, and a lot has happened since then to sour trade relations.
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