US President Joe Biden & Chinese President Xi Jinping going to Hold 3-Hour Meeting ahead of G20.
US President Joe Biden said he told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday that the United States would enhance its security position in Asia if Beijing is unable to rein in North Korea’s weapons development programs.
President Biden told in news conference after his first face-to-face talks with Xi since taking power that they had blunt talks over a wide array of issues that are contributing to the worst U.S.-Chinese ties in decades.
In a statement after their meeting, Xi called Taiwan the “first red line” that must not be crossed in U.S.-China relations, Chinese state media said.
Joe Biden said he sought to assure Xi that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed, seeking to lower tensions over the self-ruled island. “I do not think there’s any imminent attempt on the part of China to invade Taiwan,” he told reporters.
He said if Beijing is not able to rein in North Korea, the United States would more to further protect U.S. allies in the region. The two sides had set up a mechanism for more frequent communications and Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to China to follow up on discussions, he said.
“I think we understand each other,” Biden said.
Ahead of their talks, the two leaders smiled and shook hands warmly in front of their national flags at a hotel on Indonesia’s Bali island, a day before a Group of 20 (G20) summit set to be fraught with tension over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “It’s just great to see you,” Biden told Xi, as he put an arm around him before a meeting that lasted a little over three hours.
However, Joe Biden brought up a number of difficult topics during the meeting, according to the White House, including raising US objections to China’s “coercive and increasingly aggressive actions toward Taiwan”, Beijing’s “non-market economic practices”, and practices in “Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly”.
Joe Biden said beforehand he was committed to keeping lines of communication open on a personal and government level.
“As the leaders of our two nations, we share responsibility, in my view, to show that China and the United States can manage our differences, prevent competition from turning into conflict, and find ways to work together on urgent global issues that require our mutual cooperation,” Biden said in remarks in front of reporters.
Neither leader wore a mask to ward off COVID, though members of their delegations did.