Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping of China met in Beijing this morning for lunch, marking the first meeting between the two leaders since Mr. Biden’s final visit to China last year.
The meeting comes amid escalating U.S.-China trade tensions, as well as escalating tension over President Trump’s threat to impose more sanctions on Iran as the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued an order expanding President Trump’s ability to ban travel from six mostly Muslim countries. Both Vice President Biden and China’s President Xi are expected to speak on the future of the world economy during their luncheon meeting today. President Xi has been on a five-day visit to Vietnam, Japan and the United States during which he visited a U.S. military base in the Philippines and began a long-promised summit with Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.
In a joint statement issued Friday, President Xi and Vice President Biden said they believe their economic cooperation, especially as regards the world’s oceans, is important to ensuring peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. President Xi said the United States and China have great potential and opportunities to help support each other in finding a stable development path that is conducive to the global economy.