Biden and XI wind up online meeting

09:14, 16 November 2021
Biden and XI wind up online meeting

The virtual talks between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden have concluded, as it had lasted 3.5 hours with a 15-minute break, Chinese media reported.

Chinese Spokesman Hua Chunying called the summit "constructive and productive", and said that it helped "increase mutual understanding".

At the beginning of the meeting, the President of the PRC urges the US  to develop bilateral relations based on mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and mutually beneficial cooperation.

"We believe - and you and I have talked about this - all countries have to play by the same rules of the road, and why the United States is always going to stand up for our interests and values and those of our allies and partners," American President said.

Biden also claimed that both sides must prevent open conflict between two countries.

"Humanity lives in a global village, and we face multiple challenges together. China and the US need to increase communication and cooperation," said Xi.

The relations between the United States and China have deteriorated in recent years. The American authorities have repeatedly called China one of the main threats, and there was so-called "trade war" between the countries. The Taiwan issue also adds tension while the US adheres to the “one China policy” and continues to support Taiwan militarily.

The meeting will be virtual because the Chinese leader refuses to attend all summits outside China. This was the third time the two leaders have spoken since Biden took office in January.