Biden, Xi hold virtual meeting, say nothing of substance in public

Source: CNBC

“U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met virtually Tuesday in the closest communication between the two countries’ leaders since Biden took office in January. Both sides noted points of tension, and issued public statements after the meeting that emphasized ways to avoid conflict. … The leaders ended the meeting shortly before 12:30 p.m. Beijing time (11:30 p.m. ET Monday), almost four hours after it began, according to Chinese state media. The virtual meeting kicked off with a positive tone and cordial remarks. Xi said he was ‘very happy’ to see his ‘old friend,’ while Biden said the two ‘have never been that formal with one another,’ according to a White House readout of the meeting’s opening remarks.” (11/15/21)