fbpx
Now Reading
President Biden and Chinese President Xi Work On Resolving Tensions During 3-Hour Virtual Meeting

President Biden and Chinese President Xi Work On Resolving Tensions During 3-Hour Virtual Meeting

President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping’s more than three-hour virtual talk concluded with the leaders of the superpowers agreeing they need to tread carefully as their nations find themselves in an increasingly tense competition.

Facing domestic pressures at home, both Presidents Biden and Xi seemed determined to defuse what for both sides is their most significant yet frequently turbulent relationship on the global stage. Xi greeted the U.S. president as his “old friend” and echoed Biden’s cordial tone in his own opening remarks, saying, “China and the United States need to increase communication and cooperation.”

The White House set low expectations for the meeting, and no major announcements or even a joint statement were delivered. Still, White House officials said the two leaders had what they called “a substantive exchange”. As the U.S.-China tensions have mounted, both leaders also have found themselves under the weight of increased challenges in their own backyards.

“As I’ve said before, it seems to me our responsibility as leaders of China and the United States is to ensure that the competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended,” President Biden told Xi at the start of their virtual meeting Monday. “Just simple, straightforward competition.”

President Biden said he would have preferred to meet Xi in person, but the Chinese leader has not left his country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The White House floated the idea of a virtual meeting as the next best thing to allow for the two leaders to have a candid conversation about a wide range of strains in the relationship. The President was joined in the Roosevelt Room by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and a handful of aides for the video call. Xi, for his part, was accompanied in the East Hall of the Great Hall of the People by a number of close advisers.

What's Your Reaction?
Excited
0
Happy
0
In Love
0
Not Sure
0
Silly
0

© 2021 Hillreporter.com

Scroll To Top