Before the Group of 20 (G20) summit, which is anticipated to be tense due to Russia’s war in Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Bali, Indonesia, for a long-awaited meeting with US President Joe Biden.
Taiwan, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and North Korea’s nuclear aspirations are among the topics that are anticipated to be raised by the two leaders when the G20 summit begins on Tuesday without Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance.
Putin’s representative to the G20 conference, the first since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, will be Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to the Kremlin, who said Putin was too busy to go.
On the eve of his meeting with Xi, Biden told Asian leaders gathered in Cambodia that the US and China would continue to communicate in order to avoid conflict, with harsh conversations probably certainly taking place in the coming days.
In his speech to the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the significance of maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait and said that the United States will “compete vigorously” with Beijing while “ensuring competition does not veer into conflict.” On Sunday night, he flew into Bali.
The South China Sea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, coercive trade tactics, and US technological restrictions have all contributed to the deterioration of relations between the superpowers, which have reached their lowest point in decades.
After US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August visit to Taiwan, the democratically self-governing island that Beijing claims as its own, tensions increased even further. China was incensed by the visit and began conducting military exercises close to Taiwan as a result.
In his most direct statement to date on the subject, Biden stated in September that US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, inciting another irate response from Beijing.
Since Biden’s inauguration as president in January 2021, the two have spoken five times by phone or video. Their last in-person encounter took place when Biden served as vice president under Obama.
The White House has stated that it is unlikely that the meeting on Monday will result in a joint statement, but it might help to calm things down.