Biden, Xi hold first personal summit amid rising rivalry

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US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold their first in-person summit in Indonesia’s Bali on Monday, with the two expected to discuss how to manage their growing rivalry amid bilateral tensions over Taiwan, trade and other issues.

The talks, which will take place on the sidelines of an annual summit of the Group of 20 Major Economies at the resort, follow a sharp deterioration in bilateral relations during an August visit to Taiwan by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

US President Joe Biden (L, Getty/TBEN) and Chinese President Xi Jinping. (TBEN)

North Korea’s recent repeated ballistic missile launches and Russia’s war against Ukraine are also expected to be major agenda items at the Biden-Xi meeting, at which the US leader will voice concerns over allegations of human rights abuses in Beijing .

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Biden and Xi have met five times by phone or online since the US president was appointed in January 2021. A joint statement is not expected to be issued after the first in-person summit, which will take place after the start of the unprecedented third meeting. of the Chinese leader. term of five years last month.

Biden told reporters in Cambodia on Sunday, “We need to figure out where the red lines are” and “what are the most important things for each of us going into the next two years.”

“I’ve always had clear discussions with him,” Biden said, adding that there’s never been a “miscalculation about where each of us stands,” and the US leader thinks that’s “critical in our relationship.”

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China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference on Friday that it is important for the countries to “manage various matters well, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations” and restore their ties ” on the right track of healthy and steady development.”

Zhao noted that the steady growth of relations between China and the US is what the world expects, and urged Washington to work with Beijing “in the spirit of mutual respect and play a responsible role in ensuring of stability and development in the world.”

The Biden administration is trying to contain increasing competition with China, which it describes as the “sole competitor” with the intent and power to challenge the United States and the rules-based international order.

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Tensions over Taiwan have increased following Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled democratic island, which Beijing considers its own. China responded to the trip by ramping up military activities.

China and Taiwan have been governed separately since they split in 1949 due to a civil war. China considers Taiwan a renegade province that must be forcibly reunited with the mainland if necessary.

The United States switched its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but it has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan and provided it with defensive weapons under a law passed by Congress that same year.


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