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·         Trade Mentioned, Not a Focus of Biden-Xi Talks as China Warns U.S. It's 'Playing with Fire' on Taiwan

… the Phase One trade agreement was brought up by Biden, trade wasn't a high priority…

 

·         Biden, Xi try to tamp down tension in long virtual meeting

·         Biden-Xi talks: China warns US about 'playing with fire' on Taiwan

·         Xi calls Biden 'my old friend' after US president had insisted they were not close

 

 

Trade Mentioned, Not a Focus of Biden-Xi Talks as China Warns U.S. It's 'Playing with Fire' on Taiwan

 

By Tyne Morgan, AgWeb

November 16, 2021

 

High-level talks between the U.S. and China yielded no major outcome Monday night. The conversation between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping covered a host of hot-button issues from human rights to crypto mining, and while the Phase One trade agreement was brought up by Biden, trade wasn't a high priority during Monday's virtual face-to-face meeting..

 

This was the third time the two leaders have spoken since Biden took office in January. The meeting, which occurred Monday night in the U.S. and Tuesday morning in China, lasted for more than three hours, which was longer than expected.

 

Talk about Trade

 

While the U.S. went into the high-level conversation saying the Biden administration didn't expect any major announcement from the meeting, it's no secret the relationship between the U.S. and China has been turbulent over the past five years. But as the Trump administration struck a Phase One trade agreement, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2020, trade doesn’t appear to be a top priority for the Biden administration.

 

Leading into the meeting, trade wasn't expected to be a major point, but the White House says Biden did bring trade concerns to the conversation, calling on China to fulfill its commitments under a Phase 1 trade deal...

 

Phase Two Trade Deal in Sight? ...

 

Phase One Progress ...

 

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https://www.agweb.com/news/policy/politics/trade-mentioned-not-focus-biden-xi-talks-china-warns-us-its-playing-fire

 

 

Biden, Xi try to tamp down tension in long virtual meeting

 

By Aamer Madhani and Colleen Long, Associated Press

Nov 16, 2021

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping’s more than three-hour virtual talk concluded with the leaders of the superpowers agreeing they need to tread carefully as their nations find themselves in an increasingly fraught competition.

 

Facing domestic pressures at home, both Biden and Xi seemed determined to lower the temperature in what for both sides is their most significant — and frequently turbulent — relationship on the global stage.

 

“As I’ve said before, it seems to me our responsibility as leaders of China and the United States is to ensure that the competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended,” Biden told Xi at the start of their virtual meeting Monday. “Just simple, straightforward competition.”

 

The White House set low expectations for the meeting, and no major announcements or even a joint statement were delivered. Still, White House officials said the two leaders had a substantive exchange.

 

Xi greeted the U.S. president as his “old friend” and echoed Biden’s cordial tone in his own opening remarks, saying, “China and the United States need to increase communication and cooperation.”

 

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https://apnews.com/article/biden-xi-meeting-e6013378e03727b85a8f59f71fe61f4a

 

 

Biden-Xi talks: China warns US about 'playing with fire' on Taiwan

 

BBC News

Nov 16, 2021

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has used a virtual summit with US counterpart Joe Biden to warn that encouraging Taiwanese independence would be "playing with fire".

 

The talks are the most substantial since Mr Biden took office in January.

 

Both sides emphasised the two men's personal relationship and the summit was an attempt to ease tensions.

 

But they could not escape one of the most sensitive topics: the self-ruled island of Taiwan.

 

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland one day.

 

The US recognises and has formal ties with China. But it has also pledged to help Taiwan defend itself in the event of an attack.

 

China's state-run Global Times said Mr Xi blamed recent tensions on "repeated attempts by the Taiwan authorities to look for US support for their independence agenda as well as the intention of some Americans to use Taiwan to contain China".

 

"Such moves are extremely dangerous, just like playing with fire. Whoever plays with fire will get burnt," it said...

 

What else was discussed? ...

 

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-59301167

 

 

Xi calls Biden 'my old friend' after US president had insisted they were not close

Xi’s choice of words to describe the relationship also contradicted what Psaki had said earlier the same day

 

By Thomas Barrabi, Fox News

Nov 16, 2021

 

China’s President Xi Jinping referred to President Biden as his "old friend" ahead of a highly anticipated virtual summit meeting Monday evening that did not produce any major breakthroughs.

 

Xi’s choice of words to describe his relationship with Biden contradicted the way both the president and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki have characterized their relationship. Biden has touted his rapport with Xi as an advantage during increasingly fraught diplomatic dealings between the US and China, even as he has disputed the idea they are friends.

 

"It’s the first time for us to meet virtually. Although it’s not as good as a face-to-face meeting, I’m very happy to see my old friend," Xi said through a translator at the start of the meeting.

 

Biden has claimed on multiple occasions to have "traveled 17,000 miles" with Xi during his time as vice president in the Obama administration. But the president bristled during a June press conference when Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked if Biden would call Xi "old friend to old friend" to demand China’s cooperation with efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

 

"Let’s get something straight: we know each other well, we’re not old friends," Biden said. "It’s just pure business."

 

Psaki reiterated that assertion just hours before the meeting, telling reporters during her daily press briefing that Biden "still does not consider him an old friend."

 

The White House set low expectations for the meeting, and no major announcements or even a joint statement were delivered. Still, White House officials said the two leaders had a substantive exchange.

 

Both Biden and Xi spoke of clear communication as the key to long-term diplomatic relations...

 

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/xi-calls-biden-old-friend-us-china-virtual-summit