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Biden takes questions from reporters after first meeting with China’s Xi as president

Washington — President Biden will ship remarks and take questions from reporters following his first in-person meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia, which marked the first time the 2 world leaders met face-to-face since Mr. Biden assumed office.

The bilateral meeting between the presidents of the world’s two largest economies started simply earlier than 5 a.m. E.T. with a handshake and, from Mr. Biden, a pledge to “keep the lines of communication open” not solely with Xi, however between the 2 governments. 

“As leaders of our two nations, we share a responsibility, in my view, to show that China and the United States can manage our differences, prevent competition from becoming anything ever near conflict, and to find ways to work together on urgent global issues that require our mutual cooperation,” he mentioned firstly of the meeting.

While the president and his Chinese counterpart have met and spoken many occasions over their careers, their in-person meeting in Bali is the first since Mr. Biden took office in January 2021. During his presidency to this point, nonetheless, the 2 have spoken by telephone or video name 5 occasions. The two final met face-to-face in 2017 on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and Xi final met with a U.S. chief, former President Donald Trump, in 2019.

In Bali, Mr. Biden and Xi spanned roughly three hours, and the 2 had been anticipated to debate Beijing’s tensions with Taiwan, which the president has mentioned the U.S. would defend within the occasion of an invasion from China, Russia’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and world financial safety.

Mr. Biden’s in-person talks with Xi come on the heels of the midterm elections, which noticed better-than-expected outcomes for the Democratic Party. Democrats are projected to take care of their management of the Senate and will choose up a seat if Sen. Raphael Walker defeats Republican challenger Herschel Walker in Georgia’s runoff election subsequent month. In the House, whereas Republicans are in a position to win a majority of seats, their management is prone to be by a slender margin.

Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to Mr. Biden, instructed “Face the Nation” in an interview Sunday that management of the Senate is “hugely consequential” for the president’s agenda. 

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