Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Joseph Biden of the United States agreed on the need to avoid an armed conflict during their meeting in Bali, Indonesia, during the G20 Summit. It was the first face-to-face encounter between the two leaders since Biden was elected.
At a time when the relationship between the two superpowers is at historic lows, particularly regarding the Taiwan issue, Biden insisted there was no substitute for personal meetings to prevent the conflict from escalating. The world is at a crossroads and expects China and the United States to properly manage their relationship, he added.
Also causing rifts between the two superpowers are North Korea's military tests and opposite views regarding the war in Ukraine.
Xi, in power since 2012, has been reelected recently by the Chinese Communist Party for an unprecedented third term, breaking with a tradition according to which his predecessors left office after 10 years.
Biden also claimed to feel stronger after the mid-term elections in the United States in which his party retained control of the Senate.
In any case, there was not much optimism about the meeting achieving any significant progress. In late July, both leaders held a frank137-minute telephone conversation in which Xi warned the US president not to play with fire over Taiwan. Biden ratified that his country's position has not changed.”