Joe Biden’s suggestion of summit with Xi Jinping falls on deaf ears https://t.co/5PuJG8IZ2f
— Financial Times (@FT) September 14, 2021
New reporting in Financial Times has revealed that President Joe Biden’s efforts to initiate an in-person summit with President Xi Jinping at a moment relations remain a low point have been snubbed by the Chinese leader.
The serious overture that Biden made ultimately fell “on deaf ears,” the report emphasizes, as Xi apparently displayed no interest.
FT reveals the offer was made by Biden during the two leaders’ 90-minute phone call last Thursday.
The White House call readout made no mention of the proposed in-person summit. It only said “The two leaders had a broad, strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where our interests converge, and areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge,” and the statement added, “They agreed to engage on both sets of issues openly and straightforwardly.”
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WNU Editor This should not have happened. Before the question was asked U.S. and Chinese diplomats would have discussed it, and if the answer was yes it would have just been a formality when President Biden asked President Xi for a summit.
Bottom line. If this story is true, this tells me it is amateur hour at the US State Department.