Thursday, December 9

Biden to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday

Biden and Xi Jinping will try to reach climate agreements and address the situation with Taiwan.

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US President Joe Biden to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Mondaysaid the White House through a virtual conversation that comes amid promises of cooperation on the climate and persistent pressure on the situation with Taiwan, among other topics.

Through a statement issued this FridayWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki stressed that Biden and Xi will discuss how to responsibly manage the competition between the two nations and ways to work together where their interests align.

“At all times, President Biden will make America’s intentions and priorities clear and will be clear and candid about our concerns with China.”Psaki said in the statement. It is scheduled for Monday night and a joint statement is not expected after the meeting.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Xi Jinping has not left China; even, the president was absent from the G20 summits in Rome and the climate change summit in Glasgow, ScotlandIn the latter, its absence did not go unnoticed because China is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases worldwide.

Recently, the Chinese government passed a resolution that would allow Xi to remain in power until at least 2017, underscoring his role as a powerful leader in an increasingly influential country.

The announcement of the meeting between the United States and China comes surprisingly after Biden criticized Xi Jinping’s absence from the G20 summit in Rome.

“They have lost (China) the ability to influence people around the world and the people here at the top.”, said the US president during his speech.

Likewise, Biden called it a big mistake that China was absent from the summit, adding that the United States left a profound impact on the international perception of its leadership role on climate.

The joint announcement from Monday’s meeting will also address efforts to curb global warming that will push forward initiatives for clean energy, fighting deforestation and reducing methane emissions.

The US-China relationship has sought to remain under a different approach since Biden took office. It has repeatedly made it clear that their geopolitical coexistence is more one of competition than of conflict.

Previously, the US president and the Chinese president have held talks, and although Biden has said that there are no reasons for conflictYes, they hope that China can comply with the rules in the “competition” between the two powers.

With information from Washington Post

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