Xi-Biden summit: Finding the contours of responsible competition

While there were no breakthroughs, there is greater clarity on the dynamics of the Sino-US relationship.

US President Joe Biden meeting China’s President Xi Jinping virtually on Nov 15, 2021. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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Winston Churchill, Britain's wartime leader, once said "to jaw-jaw always is better than to war-war". Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping would agree. On Nov 16, the leaders of the United States and China met virtually for more than three hours at their first face-to-face presidential summit.

While Mr Xi has faced growing external headwinds coming into the summit, he has emerged from the recently concluded 6th plenum in a stronger domestic position. The passing of the party's third-ever "historical" resolution seemingly anoints him as a leader of comparable status to that of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

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