G20 Summit: Biden Meets Xi Jinping

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    The Facts

    • For the first time since taking office, US Pres. Joe Biden met with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for sideline talks during the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday.

    • While the pair had met several times before Biden became president, this meeting comes at a time of fraught relations between the countries — namely over China's alleged support of Russia's war in Ukraine, Taiwan, and technology and trade issues.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    While US-China relations are far from mended, this is a first and significant step in the right direction. The meeting was about building a floor with China so that relations can improve and progress on critical issues can be made going forward.

    Republican narrative

    This meeting was another shameful public appearance by Biden on his latest tour overseas. After apologizing for the US leaving the Paris Agreement under Trump and mistakenly calling Cambodia Colombia, he showed weakness and desperation in his meeting with Xi, failing to hold Beijing accountable for any of its aggression.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 19% chance that there will be a US-China war before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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