Biden and Xi's 'blunt' talks result in military and fentanyl deal: US-China relations update

Biden and Xi’s ‘blunt’ talks result in military and fentanyl deal: US-China relations update

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Xi came to the meeting expecting respect from the United States as China’s economy struggles to recover from sluggish growth.

Biden, who has long sought the meeting, struck a welcoming tone aimed at showing respect, and treating her as a key player on the global hotspot.

“The earth is big enough for the success of both countries,” Xi told Biden as he and his delegation sat across from each other at a long table in an ornate conference room.

Biden said the US and China need to ensure that competition between them “does not turn into conflict” and manage their relationship “responsibly”.

After lunch, after talks that lasted nearly four hours, the leaders took a short walk together in the manicured gardens of the mansion. Asked how the talks were going, Biden waved to reporters and gave two thumbs up. “Okay,” he said.

As they began the conversation, Xi told Biden that a lot had happened since their last meeting in Bali a year ago. “The world has emerged from the Covid pandemic, but is still under its tremendous impact. The global economy is improving, but its pace remains sluggish.”

He called the US-China relationship “the most important bilateral relationship in the world”, and said that he and Biden “both bear enormous responsibilities to the people, to the world, and to history.”

“For two big countries like China and the United States, turning our backs on each other is not an option,” he said. “It is unrealistic for one side to redesign the other, and conflict and confrontation have unbearable consequences for both sides.”

The leaders of the 21-nation grouping of APEC – and hundreds of CEOs expected to meet with them in San Francisco – are meeting amid relative Chinese economic weakness, Beijing’s regional feuds with neighbors and a Middle East conflict that has drawn the United States closer to allies. Is dividing.

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