13 Nov 2022 10:22 am
US President Joe Biden sees himself strengthened by the result of the Midterms for further confrontation and probable escalation towards China. Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Monday’s G20 summit.
US President Joe Biden sees his position on China strengthened by the results of the US Congress and Senate elections. The result enables him to confront Chinese President Xi Jinping. The US President is expected to meet the Chinese President on Monday at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. It is the first time since taking office that Joe Biden will meet the Chinese leader in his capacity as US President.
During a visit to Cambodia on the occasion of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, the US President told journalists when asked whether he saw himself strengthened after the Midterms:
“I’m looking forward to the next few years. I was strengthened, but actually I didn’t need it. I know Xi Jinping… I’ve always had very direct conversations with him. There were few misunderstandings. We just have to find out where the red lines are from each other .”
Although the White House said in advance that “efforts to maintain and deepen communication channels” and “responsible management of competition” will be discussed, the Taiwan issue is also expected to be high on the agenda at the meeting.
In advance, the US administration relied on escalation. Jake Sullivan, the US president’s national security adviser, said the US would “update” Taiwan on the outcome of the Biden-Xi meeting. This led to protests from China, which sees the principle of the one-China policy violated. China refers to diplomatic protocols and bilateral agreements. The one China principle was also accepted by the UN General Assembly. The USA is thus showing its current will to further escalate its policy towards China.
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