G-20 Summit 2022: US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping meet in Indonesia

G-20 Summit 2022: US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping meet in Indonesia
G-20 Summit 2022: US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping meet in Indonesia

G-20 Summit 2022: US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping meet in Indonesia

For the first time since Joe Biden became President of the United States, the US President will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Indonesia.

Washington is trying to establish “framework and controls” for relations with Beijing, which in turn seeks to return those relations to their former era.

The two presidents are scheduled to hold talks in Bali ahead of the annual G20 summit of the world’s major economies.

The Biden-Jinping meeting comes at a time when the world’s two largest economies are competing for international leadership.

Competition between the two powers is heating up as Chinese influence grows and Beijing shows more tenacity to change the US-led world order that has prevailed since World War II.

The Chinese President arrived in Bali after noon on Monday, on his second trip outside of his country since the outbreak of the epidemic.

During a short visit to Cambodia, the US President told his Asian counterparts that he wanted to ensure that competition with China did not become a conflict.

Biden said the meeting should draw “red lines” for both countries and set out clear frameworks and controls along the way, a senior White House official told reporters hours before the summit.

Observers expect Biden will urge China to pressure its ally North Korea after it conducted a record number of missile tests amid fears Pyongyang could conduct its seventh nuclear test.

Today’s talks are expected to focus on Taiwan, Chinese military activities in the western Pacific, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Beijing wants Washington to “work with China,” according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning, who urged the United States to “duly account for differences, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, and avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations in order to US-China restore ties.” to continue the previous era and achieve healthy and stable growth.”

Biden and Xi have met via video conference five times since Biden took office. But the last time Xi met in person with a US president was in 2019, when Donald Trump was president.

The meeting between Biden and Xi comes after the latter secured his position at the Chinese Communist Party leadership for a historic third term. The meeting also comes after Biden-led Democrats had better-than-expected results in the US midterm elections.

China-US ties fell to their lowest ever after a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. It’s the visit that has angered Beijing.


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