According to a senior administration official, President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are discussing having an in-person meeting.
The Washington Post first reported the conversation and wrote, “When Biden was vice president, he spent long hours with Xi in the United States and China, an experience he often recalls as he talks about the two countries’ opportunities for conflict and cooperation. However, they have not met in person since Biden became president last year.”
Xi was recently in Hong Kong, known to have a conflict with the rest of communist China for their desire for freedom. The Chinese president does not often travel, so his recent trip has people wondering if he would attend the G20 summit.
Indonesia will host the summit in November and speculation is brewing that the two world leaders might meet for an in-person meeting.
The United States and China’s relationship has been strained and some are concerned with Biden’s foreign incompetence.
Both Biden and Xi spoke by phone for over two hours. Two of the most important topics discussed were Taiwan and Ukraine, which marked the fifth time they have spoken. In an ominous warning, Xi told Biden, “those who play with fire will get burned.”
Under the Trump administration, President Donald Trump focused on strengthening foreign relations while focusing on getting the United States to function independently.
Biden’s first months in office showed he had an opposite agenda in mind. He shut down the keystone pipeline, opened the Southern border and is getting involved in other countries’ conflicts.
“China firmly opposes separatist moves toward Taiwan independence and interference by external forces, and never allows any room for Taiwan independence forces in whatever form,” Xi said.
Taiwan has already had to fire at a Chinese drone that flew over the island. It appears the drone was doing surveillance and gathering intel. Taiwan is currently a democratic-run island. But China wants to gain control of the territory.
As China holds strong to wanting to take over Taiwan, it is unclear what role Biden will take the United States in foreign conflict.