On the afternoon of 14 November local time, President Xi Jinping had a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in Bali, Indonesia.
President Xi pointed out that from the initial contact and the establishment of diplomatic relations to today, China and the United States have gone through 50-plus eventful years, with gains and losses as well as experience and lessons. History is the best textbook. We should take it as a mirror and let it guide the future. Currently, the state of China-U.S. relations is not in the fundamental interests of our two countries and peoples. It is not what the international community expects from us either. As leaders of two major countries, we need to play the leadership role, set the right course for the China-U.S. relationship and put it on an upward trajectory. A statesman should think about and know where to lead his country. He should also think about and know how to get along with other countries and the wider world.
President Xi emphasized that, in this time and age, great changes are unfolding in ways like never before. Humanity is confronted with unprecedented challenges. The world has come to a crossroads. Where to go from here? This is a question that is not just on our mind, but also on the mind of all countries. The world expects that China and the United States will properly handle their relationship. Our meeting today has attracted the world’s attention. We should work with all countries to bring more hope to world peace, greater confidence in global stability, and stronger impetus to common development. As always, I am ready to have a candid and in-depth exchange of views with you on issues of strategic importance in China-U.S. relations and on major global and regional issues. I also look forward to working with you to bring China-U.S. relations back to the track of healthy and stable growth to the benefit of our two countries and the world as a whole.