Speaking Of Asia

High stakes for US-China meeting between Xi, Biden

But a G-20 handshake in Bali could shape the future of Asia

A meeting in Bali between Mr Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could have extraordinary significance for Asia. PHOTOS: AFP, REUTERS

Ambassador-at-Large Chan Heng Chee says she’d never before seen the United States-China relationship in such a bad place. Worse, there seemed to be no floor to a potential descent.

At the Asia Future Summit organised by The Straits Times in early November, Professor Chan, who had spent 16 years in Washington as Singapore’s envoy, recalled a time when the two had some 300 ongoing dialogues at various levels. These days, however, they do not seem to be talking at all.

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