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Biden stresses stability in US-China ties at APEC Summit, emphasizes AI and climate focus | Credits: Reuters
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Biden stresses stability in US-China ties at APEC Summit, emphasizes AI, climate crisis

Washington, United States: US President Joe Biden, following the meetings with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, underscored that the ties between both countries will not just provide stability to the region but also to the world.

Along with this, on Thursday, he also assured the economies of the Asia-Pacific region about the American commitment at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in San Francisco.

“We are not going anywhere,” President Biden told the 21-membered APEC group.

US President Joe Biden | Credits: Reuters

It is to be noted that the opening of the summit came with a big relief after President Biden and Xi met for the first time in a year. The meeting was held at an ultra-luxurious villa outside San Francisco on Wednesday. Several reports have suggested that both leaders have pledged to work to avoid the dangerous rift.

During the important talks, Xi and Biden agreed to rebuild the military-to-military links, and the Chinese counterpart assured that his administration would work to reduce the flow of drug fentanyl into the United States.

According to the reports by the news agency AP, the President of the US expressed that he was asked “why we are so engaged in the Pacific” by the Chinese President on Wednesday. Biden was quoted saying, “I said it’s because we’re a Pacific nation. Because of us, there’s been peace and security in the region, allowing you to grow. He didn’t disagree.”

The anticipated talks for the next two days

Reportedly, President Biden has underlined that for the next two days, the focus of the meetings will be on artificial intelligence, climate resilience and supply chains. He added, “The challenges before us today are unlike those faced by previous groups of APEC leaders.”

He further outlined that the Biden administration has been putting all the possible efforts to strengthen the alliances with China, while the countries in the APEC are worried about the expansionist policies of Beijing.

Other bilateral talks on the sidelines

During the sidelines of APEC, a number of leaders engaged in bilaterals. On Thursday, Mexico and China started their diplomatic ties – the meeting was regarded as “very important” by the Mexican foreign minister.

According to the reports published by AP, President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will meet Biden on Friday – and the interaction will be based on the flow of fentanyl; some quantity of the drug comes from Mexico to the US.

Biden called Xi a “dictator”

US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Credits: AP

After meeting with the Chinese President, Biden mentioned that he still considers that Xi is a “dictator.” However, during a dinner in San Francisco on Wednesday, Xi received a warm welcome with hundreds of US business leaders clapped and gave him several rounds of applause.

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