President Joe Biden made headlines recently when he met with Chinese president Xi Jinping face-to-face for the first time since he took office. During the event, the two leaders discussed a range of topics, including the ongoing trade war, human rights, and climate change. Biden made it clear that he views face-to-face discussions as an invaluable tool for resolving difficult issues between the two nations.
Biden stated that there is no substitute for face-to-face discussion when it comes to the issues facing the U.S. and China. He emphasized that direct communication with Xi was essential in helping the two countries resolve their differences and cooperating on issues of mutual concern, such as climate change. Biden noted that the world faced “too many problems that can only be solved when the United States and China work together as partners.”
The U.S. president further stated that citizens of both countries understand the importance of the meeting and how dire the consequences of failure to finding solutions for the issues between the two countries can be. Biden also downplayed the differences in the two countries’ economic systems, noting that “we are two very different countries, but we have multidimensional interests.collide at times-this does not make us adversaries; even in times of disagreement, we have to find ways to work together.”
The meeting is seen as a positive step toward improved diplomatic relations, and both sides have expressed a willingness to cooperate more closely. Time will tell if Biden and Xi manage to make meaningful progress on their shared goals. However, the fact remains that, for now, face-to-face discussion between the two leaders remains the most effective way to bridge the divide between them and reach a mutually beneficial agreement.