Joe Biden and Xi Jinping Virtual met

The leaders of the world’s top two economies, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, met virtually as tensions between Beijing and Washington over Taiwan escalated, as well as trade and human rights issues. But both leaders have now expressed hope that their relationship will improve. Expressing the views of the two leaders on Iran and Afghanistan was another focus of the two leaders.

This video conference lasted three hours.

Tuesday’s talks are the most important talks between the two leaders since Joe Biden took office earlier this year. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman described the meeting as “constructive”, adding that the meeting helped “deepen mutual understanding”.

Prior to today’s meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping had said that Beijing was “ready to turn relations between the two countries in a positive direction.”

What happened in the meeting?

Both leaders first outlined their country’s interests.

The White House says Joe Biden has addressed human rights issues as well as tensions in the Indo-Pacific region.

Mr. Shi also stressed that in his opinion, it is very important that the two countries observe the principle of mutual respect and pay attention to the establishment of “strong relations”.

The Chinese president also said he was pleased to meet with his “old friend” Joe Biden.

“Maybe I should be a little more formal, even though we were never formal,” Biden was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Mr Biden said he and Mr Xi had always had an “honest and frank relationship” with each other.

Mr. Shi also said in this virtual meeting that the two countries should “improve their relations” and face (global) challenges together.

According to Chinese media, Mr. Xi also stressed the importance of good relations between Washington and Beijing in successfully dealing with crises such as Quaid 19 and climate change.

The two world economic giants surprised many last week by announcing common positions during the Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

During the meeting, Mr. Biden also said that the two countries need to draw and strengthen the common boundaries that the two sides agree on so that “we can be sure that competition between our countries will not lead to conflict.”

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“We believe – and you and I talked about it – that all nations must abide by the rules and customs and why the United States is always ready to defend its interests and those of its allies and partners,” he said.

Rising concerns over Taiwan

Nevertheless, the two countries have serious and tense differences over Taiwan.

China considers Taiwan part of a breakaway province, but considers Taiwan an independent state.

Tensions with China’s naval movements in the Indo-Pacific region have risen in recent months, prompting Washington to make clear its commitment to defending Taiwan.

Last month, Biden stressed that the United States would defend Taiwan if China invaded Taiwan.

This position of the US President was a drastic change from the old strategy of Washington, which in recent decades has tried to state its strategic position towards Taiwan in a vague way and is not intentionally transparent about it.

Topics such as trade and economics, as well as cybersecurity and Beijing’s nuclear program, have reportedly been raised in this virtual conversation.

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