Biden Goes Face To Face With Xi – China Competitor Or Foe?

In Face-to-Face With Xi, Biden Sees China As Competitor, Not Foe
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: US President Joe Biden walks off stage after speaking at an event hosted by the Democratic National Committee at the Howard Theatre on November 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. The President and Vice President are speaking after the Democratic Party had a historically successful midterm election, fending off what was predicted to be a Red Wave. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • President Biden is set to meet Monday with China leader President Xi Jinping on the sideline of the Group of 20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia.
  • Before leaving Washington, Biden said he wanted to “lay out … what each of our red lines are, understand what he believes to be in the critical national interests of China, what I know to be the critical interests of the United States.”
  • The U.S. consider China its biggest economic and military threat but also say they see the two countries’ interactions as one of competition and that they want to avoid conflict.
  • “I know him well, he knows me,” Biden said Sunday about Xi, whom he’s met before but is now meeting him in person for the first time as president. “We’ve just got to figure out where the red lines are and what are the most important things to each of us, going into the next two years.”

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