United States President Joe Biden and his Chinese language counterpart Xi Jinping have opened their first in-person assembly because the former took workplace practically two years in the past, aiming to “handle” variations between the superpowers as they compete for world affect amid growing financial and safety tensions.
Xi and Biden greeted one another with a handshake at a luxurious resort on Indonesia’s Bali island on Monday, the place they’re attending the Group of 20 (G20) summit of huge economies, earlier than they sat down for what was anticipated to be a dialog lasting a number of hours.
“Because the leaders of our two nations, we share accountability, in my opinion, to point out that China and the USA can handle our variations, forestall competitors from turning into something ever close to battle, and to search out methods to work collectively on pressing world points that require our mutual cooperation,” Biden mentioned to open the assembly.
Xi mentioned he hoped they’d “chart the proper course for the China-US relationship” and that he was ready for a “candid and in-depth alternate of views” with Biden.
Chinese language chief Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden have met for face-to-face talks for the primary time since Biden was elected to the White Home ⤵️
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Reporting from the G20 summit, Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor James Bays mentioned there was little hope that something significantly substantial would come out of the assembly.
“It’s about two leaders who know one another from the previous, getting again to realizing one another once more, and constructing a little bit extra belief to attempt to take away a number of the pressure from the connection,” Bays mentioned.
“Each side are saying they’ve to discover a strategy to work collectively. The White Home briefing mentioned they want purple strains and need to work out what one another’s limits are on key points.”
The 2 leaders entered the extremely anticipated assembly with bolstered political standing at dwelling.
Democrats triumphantly held onto management of the US Senate, with an opportunity to spice up their ranks by one in a run-off election in Georgia subsequent month, whereas Xi was awarded an unprecedented third five-year time period in October by the Communist Occasion’s Nationwide Congress, a break with custom.
“We now have little or no misunderstanding,” Biden advised reporters in Cambodia on Sunday, the place he participated in a gathering of Southeast Asian nations earlier than leaving for Indonesia. “We simply received to determine the place the purple strains are and … what are an important issues to every of us going into the following two years.”
Biden added: “His circumstance has modified, to state the plain, at dwelling.” The president mentioned of his personal scenario: “I do know I’m coming in stronger.”
Relations have grown extra strained below successive US administrations, as financial, commerce, human rights and safety variations have come to the fore.
As president, Biden has repeatedly taken China to activity for human rights abuses towards the Uighur individuals and different ethnic minorities, crackdowns on democracy activists in Hong Kong, coercive commerce practices, army provocations towards self-ruled Taiwan and variations over Russia’s prosecution of its struggle towards Ukraine.
Chinese language officers have largely refrained from public criticism of Russia’s struggle, though Beijing has prevented direct assist, reminiscent of supplying arms.
Taiwan has emerged as one of the crucial contentious points between Washington and Beijing.
A number of occasions in his presidency, Biden has mentioned the US would defend the island – which China has eyed for eventual unification – in case of a Beijing-led invasion.
Tensions flared even larger when US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August, prompting China to retaliate with army drills and the firing of ballistic missiles into close by waters.
The Biden administration additionally blocked exports of superior pc chips to China final month – a nationwide safety transfer that bolsters US competitors towards Beijing. Chinese language officers rapidly condemned the restrictions.
Earlier than the assembly, Chinese language International Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning had mentioned China was dedicated to peaceable coexistence however would firmly defend its sovereignty, safety and growth pursuits.
“It is crucial that the US work along with China to correctly handle variations, advance mutually useful cooperation, keep away from misunderstanding and miscalculation, and produce China-US relations again to the proper monitor of sound and regular growth,” she mentioned at a every day briefing in Beijing.