President Joe Biden To Meet President Xi Jinping In APEC Summit In San Francisco, USA

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N.P. Upadhyaya (Aryal)
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The World politics is about to take a new positive turn soon.  At least this much could be expected.

Undeniably, if the two political giants, the US President Joe Biden and his political rival China’s President Xi Jinping so desire then world peace is round the corner.

But is it that easy? Perhaps not.

If the two leaders with Super Power Status converge and wish to award continuity and provide some sort of guarantee for the preservation of world peace, they can do so easily.

But will they? The question remains intact.

President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping have met with each other in Bali, Indonesia for the G20 Summit.

The two political heavyweights met each other in Bali, Indonesia on the afternoon of 14 November, 2022, International media sources says that the two political veterans, President Xi Jinping and President Joe Biden met had 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.

Chinese media sources said that the Bali meet allowed the Chinese President to ventilate his opinions on the then existing US-China relations which, as President Xi said, were not in the fundamental interests of the two countries and the peoples and was what the international community expected from the two major world powers.

President Xi said to his US counterpart Joe Biden in Bali, among others, “China and the United States need to have a sense of responsibility for history, for the world and for the people, explore the right way to get along with each other in the new era, put the relationship on the right course, and bring it back to the track of healthy and stable growth to the benefit of the two countries and the world as a whole.”

A read out issued by the White House on November 14, 2022, while meeting the Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali, the US President Joe Biden had explicitly said that “the United States will continue to compete vigorously with the PRC, including by investing in sources of strength at home and aligning efforts with allies and partners around the world. He reiterated that this competition should not veer into conflict and underscored that the United States and China must manage the competition responsibly and maintain open lines of communication.

The two leaders discussed, as per the US read out, “the importance of developing principles that would advance these goals and tasked their teams to discuss them further”.

So that was all about the talks of the two political giants in Bali some two years ago. However, since then much has happened in the ties of the two countries which could be summed up as having still strained ties.

The US and China, let’s admit, have still to go a long way in coming to terms and allow the world at large to remain in peace for a long time to come.

The US and China missed a golden opportunity to talk to each other at the recently held G20 meet held in Delhi, September 9-10, however, the Chinese President preferred to skip the Delhi G20 meet for some mysterious reasons.

To recall, the G20 meet held in Delhi was a “great flop show” simply because of the animosity that developed between Canada and the host country-India over the killing of a Canadian national Hardeep Singh Nijjar by the Indian spy agency on June 18, in Canada itself.

Canada accused India of the killing of Nijjar forwarding the report received from the Canadian intelligence sources which were later backed by the Five Eyes Alliance. Yet India rebuked the Canadian claim which culminated in the souring of the Canada-India bilateral ties. Media sources say that Canada and India have yet to normalize their strained bilateral ties.

Back to the point:

After the Bali meet that had paved the way for the US President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping’s meet, now once again the stage is set for the meet of the two SuperPowers and this time the meet is scheduled right inside the US territory.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping are meeting in a day or two in San Francisco, California.

Chinese media sources say that President Xi Jinping is all set to meet US president Joe Biden in person in San Francisco wherein both the world leaders will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to be held in San Francisco, California, USA.

President Xi is expected to meet US President Joe Biden in the San Francisco Bay Area this Wednesday, November 15, 2023.

International media agencies have said that some protests-demonstrations could not be dismissed at the time of the San Francisco meet of the two leaders from the US and China.

The protests will most likely be centered on Israeli-Hamas war, Taiwan, war in Ukraine, and election interference will be discussed during the meeting, according to US officials.

Needless to say, the US-China ties stand deteriorated at the moment.

The US has accused China of sending a spy balloon into their airspace. Off the coast of South Carolina, an American warplane shot it down. Also, Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last year, which led China to break off military communication between the two countries.

Though the US-China ties remained in a strained state, however, Xie Feng, China’s ambassador to the US has recently said at a forum in Hong Kong that his country, China, wants several assurances from the US.

According to Xie Feng, Beijing wants assurances “that the US does not seek to change China’s system, does not seek a new Cold War, does not support Taiwan independence and has no intention to seek decoupling from China.”

Question is will the US be able to provide assurances of the sort that China has been demanding from the USA?

In a fresh statement, the White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the leaders are expected to discuss the “continued importance of maintaining open lines of communication” and how they “can continue to responsibly manage competition and work together where our interests align, particularly on transnational challenges that affect the international community.”

In the meanwhile, the US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng met for a second day of talks on Friday in San Francisco, the latest in a string of senior level engagements between the nations in recent months aimed at easing tensions.

Yellen, who visited China in July, said she accepted an invitation to make a return trip to Beijing next year.

The back to back meet of the US officials with the Chinese high administrators bodes well for the US-China friendship which at the moment stands “strained” and “disturbed”.

This meet is loaded with political meaning.

To recall, President Joe Biden has recently said that ““The US side is willing to maintain communication with China and work together to address the global challenges”.

This means then President Joe Biden, a liberal democratic leader that he is, prefers better ties with China for a better world.

That Biden needs a healthy competition with China that in no way disturbs world peace will be tested when Joe Biden Meets his Chinese counterpart-President Xi Jinping in San Francisco.

Nepali observers say that both China and USA must utilize the meet for ensuring global peace.

Nepali commentators believe that only the US and China can ensure world peace and that both the US and China need to reconcile with each other instead of going in for a confrontation.

Reconciliation is far better than confrontation.

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