Mainland China President Xi Jinping held a China-US Presidential Meeting with US President Joe Biden at the Feroli Manor in San Francisco on the 15th local time. Xi Jinping told Biden that it is impossible for China and the United States not to deal with each other as two major countries. It is unrealistic to try to change each other. No one can bear the consequences of conflict and confrontation. He reiterated that the earth can accommodate China and the United States. As long as both sides adhere to mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation, he firmly believes that the future of Sino-US relations is bright.
The visit ended at 13:35 local time on the 15th (5:35 Taipei time on the 16th) and lasted for more than two hours, which was shorter than the outside world had previously expected.
According to CCTV News, Xi Jinping said that it has been a year since the last meeting between him and Biden was in Bali. A lot has happened in the past year. The world has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the huge impact of the epidemic remains. The world economy has begun to recover, but there is insufficient power, disruptions to industrial and supply chains, and rising protectionism. These problems are very prominent.
Xi Jinping said that as the most important bilateral relationship in the world, China-US relations should be thought and planned against the backdrop of the accelerating changes in the world over the past century, so as to bring benefits to the people of both countries and demonstrate responsibility for human progress.
Xi Jinping pointed out that over the past 50 years, Sino-US relations have never been smooth sailing. There will always be problems of one kind or another, and they will always move forward amid twists and turns. It is impossible for such two big countries not to deal with each other. It is unrealistic to try to change each other. No one can bear the consequences of conflict and confrontation.
He reiterated, “I still hold the same view. Great power competition is not the background of this era and cannot solve the problems faced by China, the United States and the world. This earth can accommodate China and the United States, and our respective successes are opportunities for each other.”
Xi Jinping told Biden that China and the United States have different histories, cultures, social systems, and development paths. This is an objective reality. However, as long as both sides adhere to mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation, they can transcend differences and find a way for the two major countries to get along correctly. He firmly believes that the future of Sino-US relations is bright.
Xi Jinping also said that he and Biden are at the helm of Sino-US relations and shoulder heavy responsibilities for the people, the world, and history. He looks forward to having an in-depth exchange of views and reaching new consensus with Biden on strategic, overall and directional issues related to China-US relations, as well as major issues related to world peace and development.