(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Wednesday President Biden announced that following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping they had reached three areas of cooperation as the tension between the United States and Beijing remains heightened.
Following the meeting, Biden referred to Xi as a “dictator” despite the fact that earlier he had been sitting and appeared to be joking with Xi ahead of the start of the meeting. Biden had reportedly shown Xi a photo from 1985 when he had come to San Francisco as a young man.
Following the bilateral summit in San Fransisco Biden noted that the meeting was an important breakthrough and that they had taken some “positive steps.” He added that throughout the meeting the two leaders had been “blunt with one another” to ensure that there was no misunderstanding on the key elements that would help ensure global stability.
As part of the agreement, the two countries agreed to reestablish direct military-to-military contacts that were broken last year. This has been a priority for President Biden who has maintained that this is essential to ensure that there will not be any accidental conflicts in the future.
Biden added that it was a miscalculation on either side to not have communication and that it could cause big trouble with other major countries.
Biden’s meeting with Xi took place during the APEC business summit and it was the first time that the two leaders have met face-to-face since the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia last year.
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