The president of USA, Joe Bidenand its Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinpingmet this Wednesday at Filolia country mansion about 40 kilometers south of San Francisco which served as the image for the popular television series “Dinasty” (Dynasty). It is the first time that both leaders meet on US soil.

The leaders began their meeting this Wednesday near San Francisco with a cordial handshake while they posed smiling in front of the cameras that sought to immortalize the moment.

Biden He said, before the television cameras, that both leaders have known each other for more than a decade and that, although their opinions do not coincide at times, their meetings “have always been “sincere, direct and useful.”

He took the opportunity to emphasize that it is crucial that he and Xi can communicate “from leader to leader” without “miscommunications or misunderstandings.”

“We must ensure that the competence it does not stray into conflict. We will always have to manage the competition responsibly. That is what the United States wants and what we intend to do. It is also what the world expects from us, a frank exchange,” said the American leader.

In response, Xi He expressed his desire to have a “deep exchange of ideas” with Biden and considered that there is enough room in the world for the two powers.

“Planet Earth is big enough for both countries to be successful. The success of one represents an opportunity for the other,” she said.

Furthermore, Xi influenced the vision of China that “competition” between Washington and Beijing is not useful to overcome the current challenges facing the world and stressed that the two countries must work together.

“For two big countries like China and the United States, turning their backs on each other is not an option. It is unrealistic for one party to change the other, and conflict and confrontation have unbearable consequences for both,” she stressed.

Xi recalled his first meeting with Biden 12 years ago and stated that although the relationship between both countries is not easy, they have always found solutions that not only benefit the development of the two largest economies in the world, but also have a global impact.

“We know that the triumph of one country is an opportunity for the other,” said the Chinese president.

This face-to-face was held within the framework of the high-level week of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APECin English) and it is the second bilateral meeting between the leaders of the world’s largest economies since Biden arrived in office. White House in January 2021.

The first, which lasted more than three hours, was in November last year on the sidelines of the G20 in Bali (Indonesia). The last visit of Xi to USA It happened six years ago, when then-president donald trump He received him at his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Floridaon April 6, 2017.

Hours before the meeting, USA and China committed to increasing cooperation in the fight against climate crisis and in the reduction of exhaust gases greenhouse effect.

In a joint statement, the two powers recognize that they play an important role in the global response to the climate crisis and commit to collaborating to “confront one of the greatest challenges of our time for the present and future generations of humanity.”

In addition, they announced the creation of a working group to reach concrete commitments in what they call the “critical decade” of 2020.

Likewise, they reiterated their commitment with a declaration of the G20of which China and USA are members, to triple the level of renewable energy production to world level by 2030 and accelerate the implementation of these types of technologies in their respective economies in the next decade.

The announcement by China and the United States, the two largest emitters of greenhouse gasesseems a positive sign one day before the start in San Francisco of the summit of leaders of the 21 economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, which will conclude on Friday.

Additionally, it comes ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP28and which will be held in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

With information from EFE

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