US President Joe Biden met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Filoli estate, initiating their first in-person discussion in over a year. The meeting aimed to ease tensions between the two nations on contentious issues. Biden’s welcome to Xi set the stage for their subsequent participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit, signifying the importance of their dialogue.
In their opening remarks, both leaders expressed the importance of responsible management of US-China relations. Biden emphasized the need to avoid conflict arising from competition. At the same time, Xi recalled the significant changes since their last meeting and stressed the importance of the bilateral relationship for global responsibilities. Both leaders acknowledged the complexity of their nations’ relationship and the need to address mutual concerns without resorting to conflict.
Broad Agenda with Low Expectations for Resolution
The leaders’ agenda encompassed various issues, including military conflicts, drug trafficking, and technological advancements in artificial intelligence. Despite the extensive discussions planned, officials tempered expectations for substantial progress on the deep-seated differences. However, the meeting in San Francisco, away from the APEC venue, offered a secure and serene environment for candid discussions.
In the backdrop of geopolitical challenges and domestic concerns, the two sides aimed to reaffirm their commitment to dialogue. Biden sought to leverage his longstanding personal relationship with Xi to navigate the increasingly hostile ties between their countries. The talks are expected to continue on various issues, from military communications to environmental cooperation, with both leaders recognizing the need for sustained engagement.”