Washington: United States (US) President Joe Biden plans to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit if the number one man in China decides to attend a physical.
“If he’s there, I’ll definitely meet him,” Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, as quoted by the New York Post, making his appearance at the G20 summit in Bali on November 15-16 by confirming.
The physical meeting between the Heads of State is an opportunity to restore weak bilateral ties and find common ground.
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For example, former US President Donald Trump hosted Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago resort in 2017. At the time, Trump said he had developed a strong working relationship with Xi by offering him “the prettiest chocolate cake you’ll ever see.”
The Biden-Xi meeting is likely amidst US-China tensions over various issues ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump-era trade tariffs to the Taiwan issue.
Xi’s government has refused to cooperate with an investigation into whether the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 1 million Americans, stemmed from a laboratory leak in the city of Wuhan. Beijing also reportedly cut cooperation with the US last month to curb illegal fentanyl exports, which led to a record 107,000 drug overdose deaths in the US last year.
Biden is considering raising tariffs on Chinese goods, which have been implemented to seal a trade deal. The White House is also continuing a long-term review about banning the social media network TikTok, one of the most popular platforms among young Americans.
The G20 summit will also take place in August in the shadow of China’s anger over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
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