President Biden and Xi Jinping’s Top Suggests Environment Diplomacy Might Soften the U.S.-China Divide
The top between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese president Xi Jinping today might signify that relations between the world’s two largest economies might soften– in spite of essential differences.
The meeting late Monday came less than a week after Beijing and Washington revealed a surprise cooperation on environment modification at the COP26 environment summit, stating that they would collaborate on efforts to curb methane emissions and other climate-related initiatives– which the Biden Administration held up as a small advance and an indication of possible future cooperation.
Although relations between the nations have spiraled in the last few years over concerns ranging from trade to Taiwan to technology, the climate arrangement and the Xi-Biden top may suggest that a brand-new age of China-U.S. relations is underway, though professionals caution that tensions in between the countries are not likely to be easily fixed.
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‘ Playing with fire’
The tone of the meeting, which happened through video was apparently cordial. Xi greeted the U.S. president as his “old good friend.” Biden and Xi have actually hung out together over the past decade, including eating at a noodle shop in Beijing in 2011 when both Xi and Biden were vice presidents of their particular nations.
In spite of their history, the leaders’ discussion covered a vast array of contentious issues. Biden raised issues about human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, and about China’s “unfair trade and economic policies,” the White House statement stated.
He likewise broached the topic of Taiwan. The U.S. has concerns about indications of China’s increasingly aggressive military posture toward Taiwan– including attacks into Taiwanese airspace by the People’s Liberation Air Force.
Xi, on the other hand, alerted versus slipping into a “brand-new Cold War” and said that U.S. assistance for Taiwan, which Beijing thinks about part of China, was “playing with fire.” “Whoever plays with fire will get scorched,” Beijing’s declaration read.
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” The meeting itself was really about the 2 leaders discussing ways to manage the competition between the U.S. and China properly and ways to develop guardrails,” a senior administration official told press reporters in a background rundown after the top. “We were not expecting an advancement. There are none to report.”
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Will a change in tone enhance relations?
Specialists state that regardless of the absence of clear outcomes, the summit might still assist reset relations. Xi hasn’t left China considering that the start of the pandemic, and U.S. officials state that the virtual summit, which lasted three and a half hours, offered the leaders a chance to engage in a method that they haven’t had the ability to in the 2 phone calls they’ve already had this year.
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Still, the list of things the superpowers disagree about is long– and future clashes stay possible. But, the current cooperation between the nations on environment concerns may cause a better way of collaborating.
” They are looking for a manner in which they can deal with each other in a more useful method,” states Tsang of SOAS. “They have not really discovered a method yet, however they are attempting.”
— With reporting by Brian Bennett in Washington.
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