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The virtual meeting between presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in 5 keys

The Presidents of China and the United States, Xi Jinping and Joe Biden, they spoke for more than three hours in a virtual meeting in which they addressed many of the issues that have strained their relationship in recent times, such as the sovereignty of Taiwan or commercial and military rivalries.

These are the keys to the dialogue they held at night in the United States and at noon in China:

Taiwan, the red line

The question of Taiwan’s sovereignty, which China claims, was one of the most complicated on the table. Xi has stressed that the island “plays with fire” when he seeks US support for his independence and that his country does not give up on completing “reunification”.

Biden recalled that his country opposes “unilateral efforts” that seek to change the status quo or threaten peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

In Beijing, a television with virtual dialogue. Photo EFE

Pandemic and climate change

The two presidents have agreed that an effort to boost bilateral cooperation facing pressing global challenges such as climate change, the pandemic, energy security and the stability of supply chains.

“China-US cooperation may not solve all problems, but few problems can be solved without such cooperation,” Xi said.

Business and politics don’t mix

Business rivalry It was another of the expected topics on the agenda and it was not lacking. Biden stressed the need to protect American workers and businesses from “unfair” business and economic practices by China.

President Joe Biden during dialogue with Xi Jinping.  AFP photo

President Joe Biden during dialogue with Xi Jinping. AFP photo

Xi, for his part, has asked to leave politics out of business, has considered bilateral trade relations as “beneficial by nature” and urged Washington not to abuse the use of the concept of national security to suppress Chinese competition in the United States.

Alliances versus common fronts

The military struggle and the clear will of both leaders to avoid reaching the conflict has been another of the keys to this virtual summit in which Xi has asked his counterpart to keep his word of not find a new Cold War and has recalled that “the bitter lessons” of the previous one “are still fresh in the memory.”

In turn, Biden has stressed the importance of managing well the “strategic risks” and use common sense to ensure that competition does not lead to conflict.

Human rights, the other disagreement

As expected, the US ruler has raised his country’s concern on China’s “practices” in the Xinjiang and Tibet regions and the semi-autonomous Hong Kong, although the brief official statement from the White House did not offer further details.

On this matter, the Chinese leader has asserted that China is open to dialogue on human rights on the basis of the mutual respect, but opposes this matter being used to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. “To despise forms of democracy that are different from one’s own is, in itself, undemocratic,” he argued.

Source: EFE

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