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U.S. China talks amid tense ties

By Duncan Mil

November 14, 2023 - President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, are set to meet at the APEC summit in San Francisco for talks on trade, Taiwan and managing fraught U.S.-Chinese relations.

At the top of this year’s agenda is the $760 billion in trade between the two countries -- a complicated economic relationship strained by tariffs, trade wars, security breaches, and the shooting down of a spy balloon in February, plunging their diplomacy into crisis.

Polling by the Economist and YouGov following the balloon incident found that more than four in ten Americans (43%) consider China an “enemy” of the U.S.

Biden and Xi also seek a degree of what’s being called “tactical stabilisation”- a pause in deterioration that will allow each to pursue its interests in a more predictable environment.

There is also a hope that military-to-military talks might be able to restart after being shut down following former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan last year.

The two leaders will likely discuss the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. In both cases, China has criticised the U.S. for its support for both Israel and Ukraine and for supply of military assistance.

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PUBLISHED: 14/11/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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