Chinese Foreign Minister said the path to a meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden was "not smooth", state media reported as the top diplomat finished a rare visit to Washington.

Iran PressAsia: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, wrapping up his visit to Washington, said the path to a meeting between President Xi Jinping and Joe Biden was not smooth, state media reported.

Wang met with Biden and other senior US officials this week, with both sides agreeing on Friday to set up a meeting between the leaders next month.

Biden has invited Xi to San Francisco in November for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at a time of tense relations between the two powers. Xi has not yet confirmed he will come.

Wang on Saturday told the audience at a Washington event hosted by the Aspen Strategy Group that “both sides hope to stabilize and improve bilateral relations as soon as possible and agreed to work together toward a San Francisco summit between the two heads of state,” state news agency Xinhua reported. 219

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