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White House Sets Low Expectations Ahead of Biden-Xi Meeting

The White House is setting expectations low forward of Monday’s digital meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated the night meeting Washington time will give attention to managing the phrases of competitors between the 2 rivals however is unlikely to finish with decision of variations.

“The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition” between the 2 nations “as well as ways to work together where our interests align,” Psaki stated in a press release launched Friday.

“Throughout, President Biden will make clear U.S. intentions and priorities and be clear and candid about our concerns with the PRC,” Psaki stated, referring to Beijing by the acronym for the People’s Republic of China.

The U.S. sees China as its strategic competitor, with Beijing looking for to develop its navy and financial affect world wide. In the lead-up to the meeting, nonetheless, rhetoric from either side has softened.

In one other optimistic step, U.S. and China, the world’s two largest CO2 emitters, unexpectedly introduced on the COP26 local weather summit in Glasgow, Scotland, that they’d work collectively to slash emissions and meet recurrently to handle the local weather disaster.

Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific safety chair on the Hudson Institute, advised VOA, “Xi Jinping and President Biden both want to find some stability from which to work to cooperate, where possible, to compete, and even to confront, where necessary. None of that’s going to stop going forward, but I think the tone is going to be better through the Olympics.”

Still, variations over human rights for the individuals of Hong Kong and Uyghur minorities will seemingly stay unresolved, in addition to points of commerce, freedom of navigation, and Beijing’s navy buildup within the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait.

Robert Daly, the director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, advised VOA, “We can anticipate President Biden to say that America nonetheless abides by the ‘One China’ coverage, and Xi Jinping to say that America has been trampling over that coverage.

“So neither leader, as I said, has changed his goals. Each seems to be searching for a formula, the words that will convince the other that all of their own actions are OK. And that is unlikely to happen.”

Ahead of their meeting, the 2 leaders Friday attended a digital summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, the place Xi warned in opposition to letting tensions within the area flip into a chilly struggle.

”We must be forward-looking, transfer forward and reject practices of discrimination and exclusion of others. Attempts to attract ideological traces or kind small circles on geopolitical grounds are sure to fail,” Xi stated. He was referring to U.S. efforts to strengthen its partnerships within the area, together with the Quad grouping with India, Japan and Australia.

Biden, Xi and leaders of APEC member economies concluded their digital meeting agreeing on a collection of commitments relating to the coronavirus pandemic, financial recovery and local weather change mitigation.

Following the meeting chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, leaders adopted a declaration beneath the theme of “Join, Work, Grow. Together,” which highlights coverage actions to reply to COVID-19.

According to organizers, the declaration “lays out commitments in accelerating economic recovery and achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, including further actions in tackling climate change, empowering groups with untapped economic potential, supporting the region’s micro, small and medium enterprises and addressing the digital divide.”