Biden's Virtual Meeting with Xi Jinping

Headline Roundup November 16th, 2021

President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first meeting of Biden's presidency Monday night.

The two discussed issues concerning both countries during the virtual meeting, including Taiwan, climate change and alleged human rights abuses in China. A statement from the White House said Biden "welcomed the opportunity to speak candidly and straightforwardly to President Xi about our intentions and priorities." The conference lasted more than the planned three hours.

Coverage across the spectrum said that the meeting didn't feature any "breakthroughs." Right-rated voices often accused Biden of being too soft on China and framed the meeting as unsuccessful.

From the Right

President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping did not reach any “breakthrough” on issues concerning both nations, after their first virtual summit as heads of state on Nov. 15.

Biden said the United States will work to “a​​dvance an international system that is free, open, and fair,” raising concerns about the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights record and abuses he was aware of in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong.

According to the White House, Biden used the talks as an opportunity to “speak candidly and straightforwardly” to Xi about the intentions and priorities...

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From the Center

China on Tuesday hailed a virtual meeting between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden, saying they had a candid and constructive exchange that sent a strong signal to the world.

The positive description of the meeting came in sharp contrast to heated exchanges between the two nations earlier this year. The talks appeared to mark what both sides hoped would be a turnaround in relations, though major differences remain.

“If China-U.S. relations cannot return to the past, they should face the future,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said....

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From the Left

When Chinese President Xi Jinping beamed into the White House on Monday evening for a virtual summit with President Joe Biden, the two men needed no introduction.

"We've spent an awful lot of time talking to one another, and I hope we can have a candid conversation tonight as well," Biden said as the talks got underway, sitting at the head of the Roosevelt Room table as Xi's visage was broadcast on a pair of television screens.

From his seat in a cavernous room inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi was...

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