Washington, Brussels, Berlin As US President Joe Biden a few days ago after the chances of success of a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping was asked, he answered confidently: “My conversations are always productive.” It will now be seen: For the first time since Biden took office, Biden and Xi on the sidelines of the G20 summits talk to each other personally in Bali. An agreement is not to be expected, it is more about damage limitation.
Neither the United States Neither China wanted “an escalation, a global economic collapse or even a war,” says Scott Kennedy, China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Basically, Biden and Xi would have no choice but to talk to each other. Not meeting “would signal that things are so bad for us that everything can only go down”.