On November 16, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged his US counterpart Joe Biden to respect each other, live in peace, and promote win-win cooperation during a virtual encounter.
At the summit, Xi emphasised the importance of building a strong and stable China-US relationship, and he indicated his willingness to work with Biden to reach a consensus and take proactive efforts to advance bilateral relations forward in a good manner.
The highly anticipated summit, which began early in the day, is Xi’s (68) and Biden’s (78) third meeting since February. In September, the two leaders spoke over the phone for several hours. The meeting took place amid heightened tensions in the bilateral relationship between China and the United States over Beijing’s activities on trade, human rights, the South China Sea, and Taiwan.
Xi stated in his opening remarks, which were widely distributed by the official media here, that the two countries faced a number of issues and that they needed to improve communication and cooperation.
Xi expressed his willingness to work with Biden to establish consensus and take aggressive actions to move China-US ties forward in a constructive path, saying that both countries should respect each other, coexist peacefully, and achieve win-win cooperation.
“It appears to be our responsibility as the leaders of China and the United States to ensure that the competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended, rather than simple, straightforward competition,” Biden said at the start of the meeting, according to the AP news agency.
China is anxious that Biden is pursuing the trade fight that his predecessor, Donald Trump, started. After accusing Beijing of limiting access to its markets and stealing American intellectual property, the US and China have levied tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s exports since 2017.