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President Biden arrives in San Francisco for APEC, meeting with Xi

President Biden arrives at SFO in Air Force One
President Biden arrives at SFO in Air Force One 06:59

SAN FRANCISCO -- President Joe Biden landed at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday afternoon ahead of his attendance at APEC and anticipated Wednesday meeting with China's Xi Jinping.

Air Force One touched down at SFO at around 1:15 p.m. where the president was greeted by Gov. Gavin Newsom, his wife First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

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In addition to participating in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' meetings, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris plan to attend a DNC fundraiser in San Francisco Tuesday evening. President Biden is scheduled to stay in San Francisco until Friday.  

Earlier Tuesday, the president said that the nations must get "on a normal course corresponding" once again even as they have sharp differences on no shortage of issues.

"Being able to pick up the phone and talk to one another if there's a crisis. Being able to make sure our militaries still have contact with one another," Biden told reporters at the White House. "We're not trying to decouple from China, but what we're trying to do is change the relationship for the better."

The president is among the many dignitaries visiting for APEC who are staying at the San Francisco Fairmont or the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, which has led to additional street closures and pedestrian security checkpoints in that area of Nob Hill and Chinatown that went into effect Monday.

More details on the Nob Hill and Chinatown Muni impacts can be found on the SFMTA Nob Hill impacts web page.  

KPIX 5 carried initial coverage of President Biden's starting at 1:25 p.m. with continuing CBS San Francisco livestream coverage available to on cellphones, tablets and other devices on this page or via the player on the home page.

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