Biden faces the meeting with Xi politically “stronger” after elections

Biden faces the meeting with Xi politically “stronger” after elections

US President Joe Biden said this Sunday that he faces the meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, politically “stronger”, after learning that his party will maintain control of the Senate after the mid-term elections. .

“I know I’m coming in stronger,” Trump, who is in Cambodia for an East Asia summit, told reporters.

Biden appeared before the press by surprise after the big US media, in charge of announcing the electoral victories, projected that Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto will continue to represent the state of Nevada in the Senate, which mathematically gives the majority to the Democratic Party in that chamber.

“I feel good,” the president asserted when asked about his party’s victory in the Senate.

Biden congratulated the leader of the Democrats in the Upper House, Chuck Schumer, and considered that the mid-term elections that were held on Tuesday, November 8, have left a lesson for the Republicans, who must now decide “who they are.”

Biden has repeatedly asked the old guard of the Republican Party to denounce the most extremist elements that identify with former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and that, in some instances, have reached positions of power within that political force.

The US president is scheduled to participate this Sunday in Cambodia in the East Asia summit with other leaders of the region to address the war in Ukraine, the energy and food crisis and the rivalry between China and the US, among other issues.

This meeting is held within the framework of the annual meeting of the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

After these meetings, Biden will head to Bali (Indonesia) this Sunday afternoon to participate in the G20 and meet with Xi tomorrow, Monday.

Asked about it, the US president acknowledged that there are “small misunderstandings” in the relationship between Washington and Beijing and stated that the meeting will aim to establish what the “red lines” are to try to find areas of understanding.

Biden also recalled that he shares a long personal relationship with Xi: they both met more than a decade ago when they were vice presidents of their countries and shared multiple trips, meetings and dinners.

“I know Xi Jinping and he knows me,” said Biden, who assured that they have always had “frank conversations.”

The Chinese and US governments have been preparing the meeting between Biden and Xi for months, which will be the first in person since the American’s arrival at the White House in January 2021, although both have had five phone calls in the last 20 months.

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