Xi Jinping meets Biden and Macron on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali
Matthew Walsh, Laurie Chen, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is ruling the second world power for a third term, are set to meet with his American counterparts Joe Biden and French Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, as announced by the Chinese announced Foreign Ministry.
The White House had previously confirmed that Biden and Xi would meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit on Monday. This will be their first meeting in the United States since Biden took office.
The G20 Summit will take place in Bali from November 14th to 17th.
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping had held talks by phone or video five times, but their next meeting will be the first in person since January 2021.
This meeting comes at a time of strained Sino-US relations and while the two countries compete for influence, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
“China has always advocated coexistence with the United States while firmly defending its sovereignty, security and development interests,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular news conference on Friday.
He also urged Washington to work with Beijing to “manage differences, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, and avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations.”
White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre confirmed the meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping on Thursday. A statement said the two leaders are meeting to pursue “responsible management” of competition between China and the United States.
Americans focus on issues such as climate, drug trafficking and health.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday warned of “the growing risk of the world economy splitting in two, led by the two largest economies, the United States and China.”
“A fractured global economy with two different sets of rules, two dominant currencies, two internets and conflicting AI strategies will undermine the world’s ability to respond to the daunting challenges we face,” he said.
“This split must be avoided at all costs,” he noted during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
For his part, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan confirmed that Biden is traveling to Asia “in a position of strength,” citing the midterm elections, where vote counting is still ongoing.
Joe Biden emerged from the election relieved after managing to avoid a Republican landslide victory.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will stay away from the G-20 summit amid criticism leveled at him by Westerners over the war in Ukraine.
Russia will be represented by its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
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