US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping met on Wednesday at the historic Filoli complex in San Francisco for nearly four hours to discuss a wide range of bilateral and global issues. The meeting takes place in the framework of the high-level meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC.
Leaders of APEC’s 21 member countries and hundreds of business leaders have gathered in California ahead of the much-anticipated meeting.
Presidents Biden and Xi have not seen each other since they last spoke last year in Bali at the G20 meeting, and since then there has been further strain in the relationship between the two countries, among others also in relation to trade and human rights.
Although no major developments are expected during this meeting, analysts say the main goal is to reaffirm the commitment to stabilize the US-China relationship and prepare the ground for constructive cooperation in the future, in particular on some of the most pressing global issues, such as the East Middle and Ukraine.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arriving in San Francisco
“Can China exert behind-the-scenes pressure on Putin so that he understands that a negotiated peace is needed that would be acceptable to the Ukrainian people? Can China pressure Iran or Hamas to step back and find a way to stabilize things in the Middle East? So, different issues, but high-level diplomacy is done for this. The chances of failure are high, but if you don’t talk, you can’t make progress,” says Scott Kennedy, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Chinese foreign ministry said Mr. Xi is attending the APEC high-level meeting based on the invitation of President Biden. The work of the meeting continues until Saturday.
Chinese officials had requested that the bilateral meeting be held at a different location from that of the APEC high-level meeting, with the aim of extending the talks to those held last year in Bali, Indonesia. At that time, Presidents Biden and Xi met for three hours, in the framework of the high-level meeting of the group of 20 countries with the largest economies, the G20.
Materials from the Associated Press news agency were used for the article.