Biden, China's Xi Hold First In-Person Meeting
Summary from AllSides News Team
President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first in-person meeting of Biden's presidency on Monday.
Key Quotes: In remarks before the meeting, Biden said he and Xi share a responsibility "to show that China and the United States can manage our differences" and find ways to collaborate on "urgent global issues." Xi said the two countries "need to find the right direction for the bilateral relationship going forward." Afterward, Biden said the U.S. would "compete vigorously, but I’m not looking for conflict," and that he doesn't believe there's an "imminent attempt" from China to invade Taiwan.
For Context: Biden and Xi have spoken several times via phone, but not in-person since Biden took office in early 2021. Amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's reluctance to condemn it, fears have grown that China could try a similar takeover of Taiwan.
How the Media Covered It: Many sources highlighted Biden's remark about managing differences between the nations. Editorial boards from both left and right said a strong showing from Biden at the meeting was necessary. The Washington Post's editorial board (Lean Left bias) said Biden "should not hesitate to remind Mr. Xi of" how steering "China into a 'no limits' relationship with Moscow" was a mistake in light of recent Ukrainian gains. The Washington Examiner's board (Lean Right bias) said Biden must show Xi that "America will not be cowed or corralled in standing up for its interests."
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