U.S President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to meet next week in the San Francisco Bay area, two senior administration officials said.

The encounter on 15 November will be only their second face-to-face meeting during the Biden presidency.

It will be wide-ranging, US officials said, with the Israel-Hamas war, Taiwan, war in Ukraine and election interference to be discussed.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated earlier this year.

The U.S accused China of sending a spy balloon across its air space. An American warplane shot it down off the coast of South Carolina.

There was also a visit to Taiwan last year by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which led China to break off communication between the two nations’ militaries.

Mr Biden is “determined” to restore those channels, U.S officials said, but China appeared “reluctant” to do so.

Credit: BBC