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US-China talks begin: Biden hopes to discuss human rights and security issues, Xi greets his ‘old friend’

Tuesday morning (IST) began a virtual summit between the US and China. While US President Biden said he hoped to discuss human rights and security issues, China’s Xi Jinping said he was delighted to see his “old friend”.

The virtual summit between the US and China kicked off on Tuesday morning.  (Photo: ANI)

The virtual summit between the US and China kicked off on Tuesday morning. (Photo: ANI)

US President Joe Biden told Chinese leader Xi Jinping he hoped for a frank discussion on human rights and security issues as the two started a meeting meant to lower tensions between the two world powers.

“Maybe I should start more formally, although you and I have never been more formal with each other,” Biden told Xi during a video conference as the two leaders held their most extended talks since Biden took office in January.

Xi said he was very happy to see Biden, whom he called an “old friend,” and said the two sides need to improve communication and cooperation to solve the many challenges they face.

SETTING TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR US-CHINA RELATIONSHIPS

The US president added that the two leaders must ensure that their relations do not get into open conflict, including by installing “common sense” crash barriers. He pledged to address areas of concern for Washington, including human rights and other issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

The talks, initiated by Biden and beginning shortly after 7:45 p.m. Eastern time (Tuesday 0045 GMT) Monday, were intended to set terms for future competition between the US and China. Biden is expected to urge Beijing to comply with international rules on trade and security.

The early moments of the two leaders’ video dialogue were witnessed by a small group of reporters who joined Biden in a conference room in the West Wing before the heads of state spoke privately at a meeting expected to last several hours.

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Both sides hope that the talks will make the relationship less bitter.

The United States and China, the world’s largest economies, disagree over the origins of the Covid19 pandemic, trade and competition rules, Beijing’s growing nuclear arsenal and its increased pressure on Taiwan, among other things.

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