Xi, Harris call for open channels in latest U.S.-China meeting

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris greets China’s President Xi Jinping earlier than the APEC Leaders’ Retreat in Bangkok, Thailand on November 19, 2022
| Photograph Credit score: Reuters

Chinese language President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris known as for open communication throughout a short assembly on Saturday, days after his intensive talks with President Joe Biden aimed toward retaining tensions in examine.

Ms. Harris and Mr. Xi met throughout an Asia-Pacific summit in Bangkok the place one other U.S. rival, Russia, noticed itself remoted, with no high chief attending and a press release issued exhibiting large condemnation of its struggle in Ukraine.

Talking to Mr. Xi on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation (APEC) discussion board, Ms. Harris strengthened Mr. Biden’s message that “we should preserve open traces of communication to responsibly handle the competitors between our international locations”, a White Home official stated.

On Monday, Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi met for 3 hours at a Group of 20 summit in Bali, the primary in-person talks between the leaders of the world’s two largest economies since they every grew to become president.

Chinese language state media quoted Mr. Xi as telling Ms. Harris that his assembly with Mr. Biden was “strategic and constructive, and has necessary guiding significance for China-U.S. relations within the subsequent stage”.

“It’s hoped that the 2 sides will additional improve mutual understanding, cut back misunderstanding and misjudgement, and collectively promote the return of China-U.S. relations to a wholesome and secure observe,” added Mr. Xi, who’s on solely his second abroad journey for the reason that pandemic.

U.S. and Chinese language officers have each put a constructive spin on the renewal of diplomacy, whereas stopping wanting predicting any substantive decision of points dividing them — notably Taiwan, the self-governing democracy claimed by Beijing.

Mr. Xi and Mr. Biden agreed that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will go to China early subsequent yr, the primary go to by a high U.S. diplomat since 2018.

Mr. Blinken instructed reporters in Bangkok that the contacts aimed toward ensuring that competitors “doesn’t veer into battle” and inspecting areas of cooperation on international challenges corresponding to local weather change.

America stated it was additionally on the lookout for China to do extra to rein in its ally North Korea, which on Friday test-fired a ballistic missile that U.S. and Japanese officers stated was possible able to hitting the U.S. mainland.

China ought to use its affect to influence North Korea “to not go on this provocative course, which solely destabilises the area and the world”, stated a US official travelling with Ms. Harris.

If relations stay unchanged, Mr. Xi may see Mr. Biden in a yr’s time when the US hosts the APEC summit in San Francisco.

Mr. Xi final visited the US in 2017, assembly then president Donald Trump at his Florida property, however relations between the 2 international locations later sharply deteriorated over commerce, Taiwan, human rights and Covid-19.

APEC, which teams 21 economies, focuses on commerce moderately than political issues. However after U.S. insistence, APEC adopted the method of this week’s G20 summit to take up the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, a member of each organisations.

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