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Biden-Xi summit

Date: 18 November 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

A virtual bilateral meet took place between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

 

Background

This is the first meeting between Xi Jinping and Biden since the US President assumed office in January this year.

 

Details

  • The meeting was initiated by the US President in an effort to prevent military engagement with China.

  • The meeting statements diverged on many issues. President Biden spoke about human rights violation in Xinxiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.

  • There were also apprehensions raised about unfair trade practices of China. Biden batted for free and open Indo-Pacific.

 

Other issues

  • Biden also raised the hot topic of Taiwan. He intended to maintain status quo and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

  • US also committed to its stand on ‘one China’ policy based on Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances.

  • The Chinese President raised the issue of US supporting grouping such as QUAD involving India and AUKUS involving Australia.

 

Purpose

  • There was no agreement signed but the summit was an effort to keep communication lines open between the leaders.

  • To ensure that competition should not turn into conflict. For co-existence between the big economies and pursuing win-win agenda.

 

India’s position

India is keenly watching the developments as it is still involved in a face-off with China at its Eastern borders.