A handshake expected by the photographers … and Joe Biden and Xi Jinping declaring readiness for dialogue despite their rivalry, before the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.
Joe Biden said he wanted to “manage differences and avoid competition turning into conflict,” while Xi Jinping said he was ready for a “sincere” dialogue on strategic issues because the two countries need to “find the right direction “.
“I am committed to keeping all lines of communication open between you and me personally, said Joe Biden, President of the United States, but also between our governments across borders because our countries have so much to deal with.”
Relations between China and the US have been strained, exacerbating differences in economics, trade and human rights. As president, Mr. Biden has repeatedly criticized China for not respecting human rights.
Recent visits by senior US officials to Taiwan have also contributed to the mistrust.