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Joe Biden & Xi Jinping want to ease friction in historic meeting

Joe Biden & Xi Jinping want to ease friction in historic meeting

Joe Biden & Xi Jinping want to ease friction in historic meeting

Joe Biden & Xi Jinping want to ease friction in historic meeting

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  • Joe Biden & Xi Jinping want to ease friction in a historic meeting.
  • The US & China needed to make sure that their rivalry did not veer into conflict.
  • US officials anticipated tangible actions to revive staff-level discussions
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US President Joe Biden and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping met on Wednesday to discuss issues that could defuse tensions between the two giants over artificial intelligence, drug trafficking, and military confrontations for the first time in a year.

A country home and gardens around 30 miles (48 km) south of San Francisco, where they will later travel for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum session, Biden greeted the Chinese president at the Filoli estate.

Xi informed Biden that much had transpired since their previous encounter in Bali a year prior.

Biden stated that the US and China needed to make sure that their rivalry “does not veer into conflict” and that they handle their relationship “responsibly” during his inaugural speech.

“The world has emerged from the COVID pandemic but is still under its tremendous impacts. The global economy is recovering, but its momentum remains sluggish.”

Chinese Leader Xi called the US-China relationship “the most important bilateral relationship in the world and said he and Biden shoulder heavy responsibilities for the two peoples, for the world, and for history.”

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He said, “For two large countries like China and the United States, turning their back on each other is not an option. It is unrealistic for one side to remodel the other, and conflict and confrontation has unbearable consequences for both sides.”

While leaders will be working to lessen tensions between nations, significant progress on the enormous gaps that separate them could have to wait until another day.

Expectations are low as Biden and Xi debate issues where the leaders have not been able to agree for a long time, including human rights, North Korea, the South China Sea, Taiwan, the Israel-Hamas conflict, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Biden and Xi traveled to San Francisco, where they will both be attending the APEC conference on Tuesday. The leaders of the twenty-one nations convene, accompanied by hundreds of CEOs in San Francisco who are courting them, amidst the relative economic weakness of China, Beijing’s territorial disputes with neighboring countries, and the Middle East turmoil that is severing the US from its allies.

According to experts, Xi will be hoping for a smooth summit with Biden to demonstrate to citizens back home who are worried about the economy and declining foreign investment that he is capable of managing relations between the two biggest economies in the world.

San Francisco’s well-planned visit by Xi might come undone despite efforts to remove homeless people from the streets. Protesters supporting and opposing China’s governing Communist Party clogged the path from the airport to the conference venue, an unusual sight for Xi, who last traveled to the US in 2017.

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The bilateral summit venue provides the leaders with a blend of security, tranquillity, and seclusion far from the APEC conference site.

The National University of Singapore’s Chong Ja Ian, a political science professor, stated that Mao described the two sides’ tactics as “talk and fight, fight and talk” during the Chinese Civil War.

Chong responded, “That is, to talk while building up forces.”

Biden is anticipated to put pressure on Xi during the meeting to utilize China’s clout to persuade Iran to refrain from provocative action or to encourage its proxies to get involved in actions that could spark a regional crisis between Israel and Hamas.

He is also anticipated to bring up human rights, the status of US individuals who Washington feels are being wrongfully jailed in China, and suspected Chinese efforts to sway international elections.

US officials anticipated tangible actions to revive staff-level discussions between the two nations on matters ranging from military-to-military communications to fentanyl flow reduction, controlling the development of artificial intelligence technology, and trade and climate management.

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US officials claim that China is the source of many of the ingredients needed to produce fentanyl.

The two nations agreed to support a new goal for renewable energy and committed to lowering methane and plastic pollution before the summit.

This renewed cooperation on climate change was put on hold after former US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in 2022.

Biden’s 80-year-old economy has performed better than most wealthy countries’ after the COVID-19 epidemic. He is running for office again.

He has rallied the country’s longstanding friends from Europe to Asia to oppose Russia in Ukraine despite significant disagreements over the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Ten years younger than Biden, Xi has strengthened control over the military, media, state leaders, policy, and the constitution. Recent economic difficulties have deviated from the nation’s three-decade growth trend.

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Officials from all over the region anticipate that Beijing will put Washington to the test in the upcoming weeks, capitalizing on what it perceives to be a shift in American attention away from Ukraine and Israel and toward its own goals in the Indo-Pacific.

Biden is anticipated to inform Xi of the US’s unwavering commitments in the Indo-Pacific region. China’s actions in the Taiwan Strait, South China Sea, and East China Sea—areas of international dispute—have alarmed its neighbors in recent years.

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