Democrats hoping high-level talks continue after Biden meets Xi at G20
Lawmakers in the US stress that there is no substitute for face-to-face meetings.
Gregory Meeks, the US House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, alongside Ami Bera, the Asia Subcommittee head, are saying that they hope high-level engagements between the US and China will persist after US President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Indonesia-held G20 Summit.
"We welcome the summit meeting between Presidents Biden and Xi as there is no substitute for face-to-face diplomacy," the lawmakers said in a statement.
"We hope these high-level engagements continue and look forward to working with the Biden administration to ensure the United States maintains strong guardrails to stabilize the US-PRC [People’s Republic of China] relationship, while also continuing to hold the PRC accountable for its violations of accepted norms."
According to the lawmakers, China should work with the United States to restore and strengthen the bilateral communication crises as well as their management mechanisms.
Furthermore, Washington and Beijing should work to pursue cooperation on global challenges, according to the statement.
During their meeting on Monday, Biden and Xi discussed a number of issues: the war in Ukraine, the situation between the DPRK and South Korea, human rights, and the One China policy. Biden and Xi reached a mutual understanding with one another, according to Biden.
Xi urged major world economies at the meeting to resist politicizing and weaponizing food and energy commerce and to abolish unilateral prohibitions on research and technology cooperation.
Xi added: “It is vital to oppose politicizing and weaponizing food and energy issues deliberately. It is vital to lift unilateral sanctions and cancel restrictions in relevant research and technology cooperation spheres”.
The Chinese leader believes that international collaboration on market monitoring, as well as the construction of an open and sustainable commodity market, may solve the challenges by combining efforts to stabilize prices and supply chains.