Strained relations: Biden and Xi meet for first time as presidents

US President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping meet Monday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia for his or her first bilateral assembly since Biden took workplace. This was introduced by the White Home in Washington on Thursday. The assembly comes at a time when relations between the 2 nations are significantly strained.

Biden and Xi had spoken to one another 5 instances previously two years or so, however haven’t met in particular person since Biden moved into the White Home in January 2021. Nonetheless, the 2 had met in particular person previously when each have been nonetheless vice presidents.

Due to the corona pandemic, the Chinese language President had not made any journeys overseas in any respect for a very long time since January 2020 and solely launched into his first journey overseas in two and a half years final September – to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

The G20 summit of main financial powerhouses is scheduled for November 15 and 16 on the Indonesian island of Bali. It was clear for some time that each Biden and Xi would arrive. Thus far, nevertheless, a bilateral assembly between the 2 has not been formally confirmed. The talks will now happen earlier than the official begin of the summit.

“I don’t assume the 2 will sit right down to resolve any variations or points,” a senior authorities official stated, referring to the assembly. It must be far more a couple of “strategic, in-depth and substantial dialog”, which can be about clearing up misunderstandings. A joint assertion after the dialog is just not deliberate, she stated.

Biden had already commented on a potential assembly on Wednesday and stated: “There’s a lot that we now have to debate.” He needed to debate “crimson traces” in coping with one another. It’s about understanding what Xi believes to be China’s essential nationwide pursuits and the way that conflicts with US pursuits.

Biden introduced that he would additionally like to speak about Taiwan in such a dialog. The US perspective in the direction of Taiwan has not modified, he careworn. Prior to now, Biden had promised Taiwan navy help within the occasion of an assault, thereby angering China. The communist management in Beijing regards Taiwan as a part of the Folks’s Republic and threatens to overcome it. The USA has dedicated itself to Taiwan’s capacity to defend itself – which has thus far primarily meant arms deliveries.

The perspective in the direction of Russia also needs to be mentioned on the assembly. China has thus far not clearly condemned Russia’s battle of aggression in opposition to Ukraine. Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in September on the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Group in Uzbekistan and demonstratively closed ranks there – additionally and particularly with the USA. Biden will converse actually and immediately with China’s President Xi about how the US authorities sees the state of affairs in Ukraine with regard to Russia’s battle of aggression, the US authorities official introduced.

Putin had lengthy left open whether or not he would attend the G20 summit in Indonesia. The Kremlin lastly introduced on Wednesday that the Russian President wouldn’t be coming. Russia is now represented there by Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Relations between the US and China are strained. There are numerous factors of battle. Biden’s authorities sees China as the most important geopolitical problem and competitor. The brand new US nationwide safety technique, launched in mid-October, stated Beijing needed to develop its sphere of affect within the Indo-Pacific area and develop into the world’s main energy. “The Folks’s Republic of China is the one competitor that not solely has the intention to remodel the worldwide order, but in addition has the financial, diplomatic, navy and technological would possibly to take action.”

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) traveled to China final week to fulfill Xi. He then knowledgeable Biden of his go to.