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Biden and Xi meet for the first time in a year

Biden and Xi meet for the first time in a year

2023-11-17

U.S. President Joe Biden met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday outside of San Francisco, where heads of Asia-Pacific economies are gathering. Biden who said he still sees the Chinese leader as a "dictator" said the two agreed to re-establish military communications, work together to assess the threats posed by artificial intelligence, and take meaningful steps to combat the scourge of fentanyl. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Woodside, California.

A historic meeting of East and West, after 12 months of intense drama and diplomacy between Beijing and Washington. The White House chose this venue outside of San Francisco for this symbolic visit, covering a range of key issues, including Taiwan – the self-governing island that China claims, the resumption of military communications, touchy trade disagreements, the origination of fentanyl ingredients in China, and human rights issues.

Biden said he was candid on those tough issues. Xi said the two nations are inextricably linked.

Xi Jinping
Chinese leader
For two large countries like China and the United States, turning their back on each other is not an option. It is unrealistic for one side to remodel the other.

So did the presidents of the world’s two most powerful nations manage to paper over the cracks in their relationship?

Biden spoke to the press afterward. Xi, as is his habit, did not. But, in response to a shouted question, he reiterated a stance that is likely to upset Beijing, that he believes Xi is a dictator.

Joe Biden
US president
Well, look, he is. I mean he’s a dictator ...

Many watching this meeting said they weren’t expecting major results but are glad the two are talking.

Anwar Ibrahim
Malaysian prime minister
This engagement, for example, between President Biden and Xi Jinping, to me it is critical because it should give a clear message that we are here to be able to work together and trust each other to resolve serious problems: climate, issues in Ukraine or Gaza..

Analysts say the success of the summit of Asia-Pacific economies – happening simultaneously in San Francisco – depends on the world’s two largest economies getting along.

Michael Froman
Council on Foreign Relations
Well, I think it’s an important meeting between President Biden and President Xi, with the primary goal of stabilizing the relationship heading into 2024. Being both for bilateral purposes but also very importantly for the broader APEC region. The countries there, the economies there, want the U.S. and China to have some kind of modus vivendi, some kind of stable relationship, particularly in anticipation of Taiwan’s election in January, the U.S. election in November.

Biden said he and Xi will continue to communicate and cooperate. The world, he said, expects it.

Anita Powell, VOA News, Woodside, California.

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拜習會登場! 雙方「取得真正進展」

2023-11-17

拜習會週三於美國舊金山登場。美國總統拜登與中國國家主席習近平於APEC領袖峰會見面進行會談。仍將中國領導人視為”獨裁者”的拜登表示,雙方同意恢復軍事交流、共同評估AI技術的潛在威脅,並採取行動共同打擊非法藥物芬太尼。

長達12個月的激烈外交後,中美雙方進行歷史性的會晤。選擇在美國舊金山這個作為象征性的拜訪,涵蓋一系列重要問題,包括台灣問題、恢復中美軍事交流、貿易分歧、芬太尼問題以及人權問題。

拜登表示,他在這些議題上非常坦誠。習近平則表示,兩國間的聯繫密不可分。

[[中國國家主席 習近平]]
“對像中美這樣的兩個大國來說,轉身背向對方不是選項,想要改變對方也是不切實際的行為。”

這兩個世界上最強大國家的領導人是否成功地掩蓋掉他們之間的裂痕了呢?

會後拜登單獨召開記者會,而習近平則依照慣例保持沈默。但在面對記者提問時,他重申了一個可能讓北京感到不安的立場,那就是他認為習近平是獨裁者。

[[美國總統 拜登]]
“嗯…他就是。我的意思是他是個獨裁者…”

許多關注此次會面的人表示,他們不期待會有重大成果,但對兩國領導人之間的談話感到滿意。

[[馬來西亞首相 安華·依布拉欣]]
“拜登和習近平之間的交流對我來說非常重要,因為它給出一個明確的訊息,那就是我們在這裡,共同努力、互相信任、想方設法解決像是氣候、烏克蘭或加薩戰爭等等的嚴重問題。”

分析師們說,此時在舊金山舉辦的APEC領袖峰會的成功,取決於世界兩大經濟體能否相處融洽。

[[美國外交關係協會 Michael Froman]]
“我認為拜登和習近平之間的這次會談非常重要,主要目標是在2024年之前穩定雙邊關係。這種穩定的關係同樣適用於APEC地區。與此同時,各國經濟體希望中國和美國能夠達成某種承諾,尤其是考慮到1月的台灣總統大選和11月的美國大選。”

拜登表示,他和習近平將繼續交流與合作,成為全球的關注焦點。

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