US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping , concluded a four-hour summit on Wednesday, marking a significant milestone in efforts to reduce tensions between the world’s two largest economies. The tête-à-tête followed months of diplomatic work by top officials to re-establish lines of contact, a crucial step after what US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen characterized as a “dangerous situation” with little high-level engagement.
During the extensive meeting, US President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping reached agreements on several key issues. They committed to restoring high-level military communications, addressing the fentanyl crisis, and initiating a dialogue on artificial intelligence. Additionally, an agreement was reached to increase flights between the two countries in the coming year, as reported by Xinhua news agency.
The carefully orchestrated summit comprised multiple sessions, including a working lunch featuring dishes such as herb ricotta ravioli, heritage chicken, and almond meringue cake. The discussions took place at a secluded century-old Georgian manor south of San Francisco, providing an atmosphere conducive to constructive dialogue between the leaders and their top aides.
The meeting was not only a pivotal moment in bilateral relations but also a significant event for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group. San Francisco hosted the largest international gathering in the city since the signing of the United Nations charter in 1945. APEC members, along with top chief executive officers such as Elon Musk, Sundar Pichai, and Jane Fraser, participated in a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings.
After the summit, President Biden expressed satisfaction with the progress made, acknowledging the critical global challenges that demand joint leadership. He emphasized the importance of clear communication between leaders and highlighted the value of understanding each other’s perspectives.
President Xi, in his opening speech, underscored the significance of the China-US relationship, describing it as the most important bilateral relationship globally. He emphasized that turning away from each other was not an option for two large countries like China and the United States, emphasizing the unrealistic nature of attempts to remodel one another. Xi warned of the unbearable consequences of conflict and confrontation for both sides.
While Biden acknowledged the challenges ahead, he stressed the history of straightforward and frank discussions between the two nations. Despite not always reaching agreements, he characterized their meetings as candid, straightforward, and useful. The leaders’ commitment to ongoing dialogue and cooperation marked a positive step forward in managing the complexities of the China-US relationship.