US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first in-person meeting in a year at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco. During the summit, Biden praised the “real progress” made with Xi Jinping and the two leaders agreed to restore military-to-military communications in an effort to ease tensions.
Images and videos of the meeting were widely shared on the internet, showing Biden and Xi Jinping strolling through the gardens of the estate, chatting and smiling. One video that surfaced shows Biden approaching Xi Jinping and shaking his hand, with one hand on his Chinese counterpart.
The meeting between the two leaders was highly anticipated and followed months of diplomatic efforts to pave the way for this important dialogue. Tensions between the US and China have been mounting on various issues, including trade, human rights, and the pandemic.
The APEC summit primarily focuses on trade and includes countries as diverse as Indonesia and the United States. However, both Washington and Beijing have made some progress in trade and economic relations, as well as climate change talks.
The meeting between Biden and Xi Jinping signifies a step towards addressing the challenges and finding common ground on key issues. It remains to be seen how their discussions will shape future relations between the two global powers.