Joe Biden and Xi Jinping find common ground to ease tensions
The leaders of the two great powers spoke for three hours.
Finding areas of convergence without avoiding angry subjects: Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping tried Monday to ease tensions between the two rival powers during a three-hour meeting.
Leaders shook hands and spoke at length for the first time since President Biden entered the White House.
The meeting was held at a hotel on the eve of the G20 major economies summit being held Tuesday and Wednesday on the Indonesian island of Bali.
Joe Biden said a new Cold War was not needed as the talks aimed to prevent issues of tension between the biggest economic powers from escalating into conflict.
< p class="e-p">Xi Jinping stressed that the two countries share more common issues than issues that oppose them, according to a report of the meeting by the foreign minister after three tense years without a face-to-face meeting between the two sides. leaders of both countries.
The world expects China and the United States to handle their relations properly, the Chinese leader stressed.
Xi Jinping tried to reassure his counterpart that China had no intention of taking the place of the United States or changing the existing international order.
In a sign of relaxation, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to visit China early next year, the first such visit since 2018. last summer, will resume between the two largest CO2 emitters.
Over the past three years, the rivalry between the two countries has intensified as China has gained in power and confidence, challenging American leadership and the geopolitical situation since the end of World War II.
Beijing refuses to condemn the invasion of Ukraine launched in February by Russia, fueling tensions, but the White House claimed to have obtained Chinese assurances, evoking a consensus on the refusal of the use of the x27; nuclear weapon.
Joe Biden also urged Xi to encourage North Korea to be responsible.
Bilaterally, the US President raised concerns about respect for human rights in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong and warned that the United States will continue to vigorously compete with the China, but felt that communication channels should be left open.
The two leaders, who have known each other since 2017, spoke by phone or video five times since Joe Biden entered the White House, but never in person before this meeting in Bali.
It is the Chinese president's second trip abroad since the start of the pandemic, following a visit to Central Asia in September.
Joe Biden sought in particular to push Beijing to use its influence to moderate North Korea, which has just carried out a record series of missile launches, seeming to be preparing to conduct the seventh nuclear test in its history.
If Ukraine is not officially on the agenda of the G20 summit, the war launched by Russia and its consequences on the food and energy markets will be in the backdrop of all interviews.
Xi Jinping will meet his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on Tuesday, a first since 2017, which is seen as a sign of appeasement between Camberra and Beijing.
The Chinese leader also has a scheduled meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, while new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also hopes to see him.
The Russian president, who is represented by his head of diplomacy Sergei Lavrov, appears to be the main absentee from the meeting, which is held as the Russian army retreats in the south of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be able to plead his case directly, speaking by videoconference.
At minimum, Joe Biden and his allies want to get a clear message from the top to Vladimir Putin that a nuclear conflict is unacceptable.
Despite Monday's statements, any text common ground is likely to be blocked by Russian opposition as well as Beijing's refusal to deviate from the Russian position or appear to concede ground to Washington.
Noting a series of tensions and isolation, Emmanuel Macron nevertheless assured that he intended to continue to speak with Vladimir Poutine and that he would call him afterwards. s this G20.