San Francisco (Agencies): US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in San Francisco for a bilateral summit during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting’s first day. Both leaders, accompanied by high-level officials, shared opening statements ahead of official discussions.

Biden emphasized the need for candid and honest discussions to responsibly manage the US-China relationship, preventing it from turning from competition to conflict. He acknowledged their last meeting in Bali a year ago.

Xi highlighted the significant changes in the world since Bali, addressing issues like rising protectionism and the post-pandemic global economy. He emphasized the importance of the Sino-American relationship in the context of ongoing global changes and urged both nations to rise above their differences.

Xi arrived in California for the APEC 2023 meeting, featuring 21 countries from the Pacific Rim, underlining the significance of China-US collaboration amid major global shifts.

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