Talks will also reportedly center on ‘trade, climate change and regional security’
Analysts predict the topic of Taiwan will dominate the upcoming virtual talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, expected to begin Monday night.
According to Chinese media reports, discussions about the situation in Taiwan will receive a lot of attention at the meeting, along with topics such as “trade, climate change and regional security,” the Chinese foreign ministry said. Global times.
Some experts argue that the meeting’s focus on calming tensions in Taiwan is due to China’s fears that armed conflict will negatively affect Beijing’s affairs at this point.
“Chinese leaders are aware that China has not yet completed its modernization and still faces many challenges in its domestic economy,” said associate professor at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Li Mingjiang. Reuters.
Li said that “war could seriously disrupt this modernization and delay its rise”, claiming that China was not confident that its military could achieve superiority at this point.
Wu Xinbo, dean of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, explained to China’s Global times that the outcome of the forthcoming discussion will determine the future of Beijing-Washington ties.
“The Xi-Biden meeting will serve as a clear indication of the future development of the relationship between China and the US, including where the two countries should further cooperate and bring disputes under control.”
However, the US downplays the expectations of the conference, arguing that no major developments will happen.