Handshakes, Smiles And Pacts At Biden-Xi Meet, And New Cold War Warning

Xi Jinping and Joe Biden meet at the Filloli Estate near San Francisco

New Delhi:
A key meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco marked several milestones and milestones as the superpowers agreed that turning their backs on each other was “not an option.” A certain disorder was observed.

Here are 10 key takeaways from the important meeting

  1. The two world leaders met at the Filloli Estate, best known as the setting for the 1980s soap opera Dynasty. They were seen strolling through the grounds’ garden, chatting and smiling casually.

  2. The outcome of the summit was also positive, with the US and China agreeing to resume high-level military communications. “That’s how accidents and misunderstandings happen, so we’re going back to direct, open, clear, direct communication,” Biden said.

  3. The two countries also reached an agreement to work together to curb the supply of fentanyl, a leading cause of drug overdoses in the United States. Under the agreement, China will directly go after chemical companies that produce fentanyl precursors.

  4. Artificial intelligence also appeared at the talks. “The leaders affirmed the need to address the risks of advanced AI systems and improve the security of AI through discussions between the U.S. and China,” the White House report said.

  5. “In the coming months, we will continue to maintain and pursue high-level diplomacy with China in both directions and keep lines of communication open, including between President Xi and myself. “We agreed on our respective positions. If you pick up the phone and call us directly, you’ll be heard right away,” Biden said.

  6. At the end of the meeting, there was a long list of memorable quotes. “The earth is big enough for both countries to succeed,” Xi said. Biden said the world expects the United States and China to manage “responsible competition” to avoid descending into “conflict, confrontation and a new Cold War.”

  7. There were bright moments too. Biden reminded Xi of Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan’s birthday, adding that it was also his birthday. The beleaguered Chinese president said the date had slipped out of his mind as he had his nose in his business. He thanked Biden for his timely reminder.

  8. However, it wasn’t all smiles and handshakes. Biden expressed concern about China’s alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. Mr. Biden later said, “I have given you the names of the individuals that I believe are being held. If possible, I would like them to be released as well. There is no agreement on that.”

  9. The Taiwan issue also came up. When Biden raised the issue, Xi strongly said the United States should stop supplying arms to the island, stressing that unification was “unstoppable.” The Chinese government claims sovereignty over Taiwan.

  10. Immediately after the meeting, Biden went off script with remarks that did not please China. He told the media that Mr. Xi is “a dictator in the sense that he is running a communist country based on a completely different form of government than ours.”