Chinese President Xi Jinping, during negotiations with American President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the APEC summit in San Francisco, said that Beijing and Washington must do everything to avoid direct confrontation. He believes that the conflict between China and the United States will inevitably entail “unbearable consequences.”
“For two large countries like China and the US, turning their backs on each other is not an option. Planet Earth is big enough for two countries to succeed. As long as China and the United States respect each other, coexist in peace and strive for mutually beneficial cooperation, they will be fully capable of overcoming differences and finding the right way for the two major countries to get along with each other,” the Chinese leader explained (quoted by CNN).
Joe Biden, in turn, said that he hopes to normalize his relations with Xi Jinping. He expects that their bilateral contacts will now take on a more “regular, deep and constructive” character. “We must ensure that competition does not turn into conflict. And we must also manage it responsibly,” the American president added.
Read more about expectations from the meeting between the Russian President and the PRC leader in the Kommersant article “Waiting for Xi’s Hour.”