US President Joe Biden said he was “committed to keeping the lines of communications open” with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday, November 14.
Footage released by the White House shows Biden and Xi interacting cordially in their first face-to-face meeting since Biden took office.
“As the leaders of our two nations, we share responsibility, in my view, to show that China and the United States can manage our differences, prevent competition from becoming anything near conflict and to find ways to work together on urgent and global issues that require our mutual cooperation,” Biden said. “So, President Xi, I look forward to our continuing and ongoing, open and honest dialogue we’ve always had.”
A statement released by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the meeting as “a candid and in-depth exchange of views on issues of strategic importance in China-U.S. relations and on major global and regional issues.”
“President Xi pointed out the current state of China-US relations is not in the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples, and is not what the international community expects,” the foreign ministry said.
The meeting came amid heightened tensions over an array of issues, including the future of Taiwan, global trade, and China’s relationships with North Korea and Russia. Credit: The White House via Storyful
JOE BIDEN: Well, President Xi, It's-- I'm really glad to be able to see you again in person. You and I have had a number candid and useful conversations over the years. And as you know, I'm committed to keeping the lines of communications open between you and me personally-- but our governments across the board.
As the leaders of our two nations, we share responsibility, in my view, to show that China and the United States can manage our differences, prevent competition from becoming anything ever near conflict, and to find ways to work together on urgent global issues that require our mutual cooperation.
And I believe this is critical for the sake of our two countries and the international community. So President Xi, I look forward to our continuing and ongoing open and honest dialogue we've always had. And I thank you for the opportunity.