U.S. President Joe Biden is all set to meet Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time in a year on Wednesday to discuss over matters, such as military conflicts, drug-trafficking, and artificial intelligence, that may ease the friction between two superpowers.
Officials on both the sides of Pacific have set expectation low as Biden and Xi are set to discuss Taiwan, the Israel – Hamas war, the South China Sea, North Korea, Russia’s invasion ok Ukraine, and human rights – each of the areas where the leaders have failed to resolve the long-standing disagreements.
The leaders arrived in San Francisco on Thursday where they are expected to hold the meeting on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
The summit will be attended by leaders of the 21 countries in the groups, along with hundreds of CEOs in the city, amid Chinese economic weakness, Beijing territorial feud with its neighbours, and a Middle East conflict, which is costing U.S. its allies.
Over the years, Biden has sought diplomacy with Xi, who is considered to be the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, who had salvaged ties that are increasingly turning hostile for America.