The two leaders entered the talks – which took place online as Mr. Xi has not left China since the outbreak of the pandemic – in contrasting political positions.
Biden – who unlike Mr. Xi has to deal with the complexities of democracy – is struggling to stabilize a presidency wracked by the fallout of the pandemic and a perfect storm of rising inflation. and gas prices lower his approval rating, even though he has made a lot of progress. in re-consolidating U.S. alliances with China’s attention. Economic concerns weigh on both.
Given the wide gap between the parties and the political requirement for both leaders to stand firm against the other right now, it is unlikely that tangible steps to defuse tensions will emerge from the meetings. negotiate. But understanding not to let stress get worse is a start.
‘Opportunity for the two leaders to discuss how to manage competition responsibly’
“The meeting is an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss how to responsibly manage competition between the United States and (People’s Republic of China) while working together in areas where interests are consistent. “, quoted the call released by the US State Department’s readout.