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Biden Seeks Red Line in Negotiations with Xi.

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U.S. President Joe Biden said Sunday that he will seek to draw a “red line” on strained relations between the U.S. and Beijing as he holds important talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Biden said he will attend Monday’s meeting as a bystander at the G20 summit in Indonesia.

Washington and Beijing are at odds over issues ranging from trade in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to human rights to Taiwan’s autonomous island status. Biden has said he expects an open meeting with Xi. rice field. “I know Xi Jinping and he knows me,” he added, noting that they had always had “candid discussions.” The two, who have known each other for more than a decade since Mr. Biden was vice president, will meet for the first time in their current roles on Monday.

“There are very few misunderstandings. We just need to understand what the red line is,” Biden said. White House officials say Biden will urge China to use his influence to contain North Korea in a spate of record-breaking missile tests. Biden got an overnight boost from news that Democrats retained a de facto majority in the Senate, thanks to Catherine Cortez Mast’s victory in Nevada. “I know I can be stronger,” he said of the impact of the midterm elections on his meeting with President Xi Jinping. Biden is scheduled to meet with South Korean Prime Minister Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday to discuss ways to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s missile program.

China is a major ally of North Korea, and U.S. officials say Biden made no demands, but Xi Jinping said a further buildup of missiles and nuclear weapons would help the U.S. increase its military presence in the region. It says it will warn you if it means “North Korea poses a threat not only to the United States, but also to (South Korea) and Japan, but to the peace and stability of the entire region,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters. Told. Kim Jong-un’s regime stepped up missile launches in response to large-scale aerial exercises between the United States and South Korea, which North Korea described as “aggressive and provocative.” For the first time since the ceasefire that ended hostilities in the 1953 Korean War, the test included an ICBM and another short-range projectile that effectively crossed a maritime border and landed near southern territorial waters.

Biden and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sat on either side of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at a gala dinner marking the ASEAN summit on Saturday night. With Mr. Biden spurred by Democrats to fend off a predicted Republican “red wave” and headed for a meeting with Mr. Xi, Mr. Xi announced his historic third term at the Chinese Communist Party Congress last month. appointed supreme leader.


Li met International Monetary Fund President Kristalina Georgieva at his ASEAN meeting on Saturday and addressed attendees. Biden and Lee attended the East Asia summit on Sunday, wrapping up the first leg of a trilogy of top meetings in the region, followed by the G20 in resort island Bali and APEC meetings in Bangkok. Russian President Vladimir Putin will be absent and the aftermath of the war in Ukraine will dominate the next meeting.

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