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NUSA DUA, Indonesia — President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a high-stakes meeting here on Monday, the first in-person exchange between them as their nations’ leaders and at a time of extreme tensions between the global powers.
The encounter is Biden’s most consequential during a week-long foreign trip, with the two countries colliding on trade, the war in Ukraine, and economic and military threats and many fearing the U.S.-China relationship could devolve into a cold war of sorts.
With aides and advisers looking on from long draped tables in a ballroom at the palatial Mulia resort — everyone in the delegations wearing masks except for the two principal figures — both presidents stressed the importance of face-to-face diplomacy and expressed hope they could get the U.S.-China relationship back on track.
“The world expects, I believe, the U.S. and China to play a key…
This article was written by Matt Viser and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com