President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping had their first in-person meeting on Monday since President Biden’s inauguration.
In the past year and a half, while Biden has served in government, the two men have talked on the telephone five times, according to The New York Times.
The White House claimed in a news release about the meeting that Biden and Xi met on the fringes of the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia’s tropical island of Bali to talk about a range of topics, including the situations in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet in addition to climate change and economic policy.
An American journalist was shoved by representatives of the Chinese delegation after attempting to pose a question about human rights, underscoring the already difficult relationship between the U.S. and China.
A small handful of journalists were present when the two leaders made their opening remarks before convening behind closed doors, according to Agence France Presse.
One American TV producer reportedly asked Biden if he would bring up human rights issues with Xi as the media departed the room.
The New York Times cited AFP’s Sebastian Smith, who was providing reports as a representative of the reporting pool, as saying that the woman was “yanked backwards by a Chinese official” after asking the question.
According to AFP, the Chinese official dragged the journalist by her backpack before pushing her out the door. However, White House staff intervened and told the woman to be left alone.
Twitter users responded in a number of ways to the incident’s news.
“Xi No Evil?” Mei Fong, Human Rights Watch’s chief spokesperson, made this statement.
Xi No Evil? “According to Sebastian Smith, a reporter filing updates from the press pool with the president, an American television producer was yanked backwards by a Chinese official after asking Biden if he planned to bring up #humanrights .” #Xinjiang https://t.co/aKm6YJsi18
— Mei Fong/ 方凤美 (@meifongwriter) November 14, 2022
“Doesn’t matter. Nothing will come of it,” someone tweeted.
NEW: A member of the Chinese delegation at the Bali meeting between Xi and Biden on Monday yanked and shoved a US journalist as she tried to ask about human rightshttps://t.co/edIaJ6k5xJ
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 14, 2022
Another person said that it was a “act of war” and that “we need to cancel all American bonds held by China” in addition to “stop all interest payments.”
Chinese official manhandles female U.S. journalist after human rights question at Biden, Xi meeting https://t.co/K8mbcNExuc
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 14, 2022
Although a journalist was shoved, the United States does not need to start a war over it because it is representative of ties between the two countries as a whole.
Even though Biden has attempted to improve the relationship over the past year, it is best described as tense, even hostile.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
But no matter how many meetings he and Xi have, no matter how many times they emphasize that a U.S.-China relationship is important, the fact of the matter is that the communist power doesn’t want the U.S. meddling in the region or countering China’s efforts to extend its sovereignty.
Meanwhile, the United States doesn’t like how China is treating the region, particularly Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet.
The two countries are not on the brink of war. Tensions may be high, but all-out war is not imminent. CONTINUE READING…