President Joe Biden has left for San Francisco to appear at the APEC Summit and discuss important issues concerning the nations.
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President Biden Visits San Francisco For APEC Summit
On Tuesday, the United States President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris visited San Francisco to attend
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
APEC, an inter-governmental forum of 21 member countries in the Pacific rim, was formed in 1989 to allow free trade in the Asia-Pacific region and develop new markets for agricultural products and raw materials beyond Europe.
APEC is one of the highest-level multilateral blocs in the Asia-Pacific region and has global significance.
This year’s APEC Summit will begin on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, and end on Friday, November 17, 2023. The White House says the Summit will cover global issues such as the Russia-Ukraine war, human rights, North Korea’s ties with Russia and Taiwan, artificial intelligence, and fair trade and economic relations.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly attended a DNC fundraiser event in San Francisco on Tuesday evening. According to the sources, the President will meet with President Xi Jinping before the APEC Summit.
Their meeting would take place on Wednesday at the bucolic Filoli estate in Woodside, south of the city, for four hours.
The two leaders would meet one another for the first time in a year. Xi visited the United States during Donald Trump‘s presidency in 2017.
Early Tuesday, while leaving for the APEC Summit, the President indicated his objective to meet the Chinese President.
He said the two nations must get “on a normal course corresponding” once again despite having many differences.
Biden said at the White House, “Being able to pick up the phone and talk to one another if there’s a crisis. Being able to make sure our militaries still have contact with one another. We’re not trying to decouple from China, but what we’re trying to do is change the relationship for the better.”
Biden and Xi are expected to discuss several global issues troubling the two nations, including trade, terrorist threats, journalist visas in the nations, Taiwan, military aid, and more.
The United States and China have long been trading partners, and they have close economic relations. Both countries have some common interests regarding environmental, political, and economic security.
However, their relations have become complex since 1949 for many reasons, including the political status of Taiwan, the One China policy, disputes in the South China Sea, etc.
As of 2023, the United States and China are the world’s first and second-largest economies by GDP. As such, Biden’s meeting with Xi marks a significant step towards establishing strong ties and preventing the further deterioration of their relationship.
Biden and Harris are scheduled to stay in San Francisco until Friday.
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