The president of the United States, Joe Biden, and his counterpart from China, Xi Jinpingreaffirmed Wednesday their desire to have a “frank” conversation at the start of their meeting near San Francisco, their first exchange in a year.
Biden was the first to intervene to welcome Xi, on his first trip to EE. UU. since 2017 and who attended the meeting accompanied by members of his Government sitting in front of the American delegation at a rectangular table.
“We don’t always agree, which is not surprising to anyone, but our meetings are always frank, direct and useful,” Biden began, considering it “most important” to have direct contact between two powers.
The meeting, which will take place a day before the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, is the first in a year between the two leaders, after they held for about three hours in November 2022, in Bali, (Indonesia) similar to the G20.
The two leaders have had no formal communication, not even a phone call, since Bali.
Given this situation, Biden took the opportunity to emphasize that it is important that he and Xi can communicate “from leader to leader” without “miscommunication or misunderstanding.”
“We must ensure that competition does not drift into conflict. We will always manage competition responsibly. That is what the United States wants and what we want to do. This is also what the world expects from us, a frank exchange ,” said the American leader.
In response, Xi expressed his desire to have a “deep exchange of ideas” with Biden and considered that there is enough space in the world for both powers.
“Planet Earth is too big for two countries to succeed. The success of one represents an opportunity for another,” he said.
In addition, Xi stressed China’s view that the “competition” between Washington and Beijing is not useful to overcome the current challenges facing the world and emphasized that the two countries should work together.
“For two big countries like China and the United States, turning away from each other is not an option. It is unrealistic for one party to change the other, and conflict and confrontation will have unbearable consequences for both,” he said.
Designing the mansion from the series ‘Dynasty’
The meeting took place in a mansion known as Filoli, which serves as the image of the famous television series ‘Dinasty’ and is located in the town of Woodside, about 40 kilometers from the center of San Francisco.
The United States and China are committed to increasing cooperation in the fight against the climate crisis and to reduce greenhouse gases. “We must ensure that competition does not drift into conflict… And manage competition responsibly” .