UPDATED 10:36 AM PT – Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Joe Biden and and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, held a virtual meeting to work through areas of disagreement between the world’s two largest economies. Biden hosted the meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Monday night with a number of top officials.
“As I’ve said before, it seems to be our responsibility as leaders of China and the United States to ensure that the competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended,” Biden stated.
This comes as the U.S and China have clashed in recent months over issues regarding Taiwan’s independence, China’s treatment of Hong Kong protesters and human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslims. President Xi stressed he would like to bolster communication channels with the U.S. and form a more cooperative relationship with the Biden administration.
“Right now, both China and the United States are at critical stages of development, and humanity lives in a global village and we face multiple challenges together,” stated the Chinese leader. “As the world’s two largest economies and the permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and the United States want to increase communication and cooperation. We should each run our domestic affairs well and at the same time should have our share of international responsibilities and work together to advance the noble course of world peace and development.”
Additionally, Xi said he hopes to tackle issues in order to move China and U.S. relations forward in a positive direction.
“This is a shared desire of the people of our two countries and around the world, and the joint mission of Chinese and American leaders,” he stated. “A sound and steady China-U.S. relationship is required, but advancing our two countries respective development and for safeguarding a peaceful and stable international environment, including finding effective responses to global challenges such as climate change which you referenced and the COVID pandemic.”
While the two global leaders didn’t discuss substantive policy proposals, Biden said he looks forward to getting down to business on the extensive and substantive agenda ahead of them.