UPDATE 1-Biden to make clear US is not seeking conflict with China – White House official

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ONBOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Nov. 13 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden will make it clear during his bilateral meeting with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Indonesia that his country does not seek conflict, a White House official said Sunday.

The two leaders will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali this week for their first face-to-face meeting since Biden took office. Jake Sullivan, a national security adviser to Biden, said the meeting could last “a few hours”.

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“The president sees the United States and China as having stiff competition, but that competition should not turn into conflict or confrontation,” Sullivan told reporters. “It has to be managed responsibly … and there are also areas where we can work together.”

The US president is on his way to the G20 summit in Indonesia and has just met with Southeast Asian and East Asian leaders in Cambodia.

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Biden’s visit to Cambodia showed there is a “huge demand signal” for US involvement, Sullivan said aboard Air Force One.

He added that Biden believes the results of the US midterm elections, in which the Democratic Party crushed hopes of a Republican “red wave,” will establish a strong position for him on the international stage. (Reporting by Nandita Bose; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor Editing by David Goodman and Elaine Hardcastle)

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