The G-20 summit will begin tomorrow in Bali, Indonesia. World leaders including US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping have already arrived in Bali to attend the conference. Biden and Xi had their first face-to-face meeting on Monday, ending a long wait.
Both are very sincere towards each other at this time. “It’s great to meet you,” Biden said, placing his hand on Xi’s back.
This is the first face-to-face meeting between Xi and Biden after becoming the president of the United States. Earlier, after Biden’s inauguration in January 2021, they have spoken by phone or video conference five times.
The two last met when Biden was vice president under Barack Obama. The two leaders smiled and shook hands in front of Chinese and US flags lined up in the ballroom of the luxury Hotel Mulia in Bali’s Nusa Dua Bay on Monday, Reuters reported.
After the meeting, Biden gave a speech in front of the reporters. In the speech, he promised to keep open the avenues of communication with China both at the personal and official level.
“In my opinion, as leaders of the two countries, we should share our responsibilities and demonstrate that China and the United States can reconcile their differences … stop competition … that could lead to conflict and We can find ways to work together on pressing global issues that require our joint cooperation.’
They also discussed climate change and food security. Biden promised that the two countries will work together to solve the problems. In response, Xi said that the relationship between the two countries is not what the world expects.
Xi said, ‘We need to prepare the right list for China-US relations. We need to find the right direction and improve the relationship for the progress of bilateral relations. The expectation of the world, China and the United States can properly maintain their relationship.
Xi also expressed interest in working with Biden to get China-US relations back on track. Neither of the two leaders were wearing masks during the meeting. Although the diplomats with them were all wearing masks.
Biden also talked about the Taiwan issue. In this regard, Xi said, they are both responsible for preventing their superpower competition from turning into a conflict.
According to a White House readout, Biden raised several tough issues during the three-hour meeting, including China’s coercive and increasingly aggressive moves toward Taiwan, Beijing’s ‘non-market economic practices’ and US objections to Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly.
On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin is not participating in this year’s G20 conference. Instead, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Bali. The Kremlin says Putin is too busy. He has no time to attend the conference.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Lavrov fell ill and was admitted to the hospital after going to Bali. However, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that this news is a rumor.