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Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping hold virtual US-China summit

Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping meet today at a much-anticipated virtual summit. The summit comes amid tensions

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Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping meet today at a much-anticipated virtual summit.

The summit comes amid tensions over security, the US-China trade relationship, human rights violations and more. Most notably, President Biden recently relinquished the US’s long-held position of strategic ambiguity regarding Taiwan, stating that the US would intervene if China tried to take the island by force.

However, there are still some bright spots in the relationship as the two countries recently signed a climate change pact.

As for Taiwan and human rights, expect Xi to claim that the US will stop meddling in China’s “internal affairs.” This may not affect Biden’s stance, but the US has largely eased diplomatic pressure on China’s human rights abuses and has even agreed to abide by the ‘Taiwan Agreement’.

On the trade side, former President Trump’s trade war is likely to end for good on today’s call, after similar restrictions on the EU and South Korea are eased.

In the long term, it is unclear whether bilateral dialogue can continue while China’s aggressive foreign policy disrupts international security.

On balance, expect a rhetorically more civil exchange between Biden and Xi, including a willingness to engage in critical international issues such as climate change.

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