Chinese President Xi Jinping warmly greeted his “old friend” President Biden during a virtual summit Monday night after Biden opened the talks by mentioning climate change, but not a desire for transparency on COVID-19 origins.
“Although it’s not as good as a face-to-face meeting, I’m very happy to see my old friend,” the 68-year-old Communist leader told Biden.
“Humanity lives in a global village, and we face multiple challenges together,” Xi said through a translator. “China and the US need to increase communication and cooperation.”
Biden, 78, kicked off the mutual adulation with a beaming smile toward Xi’s video stream in the West Wing’s Roosevelt Room.
Biden, who frequently reminisces about his relationship with Xi while he was vice president from 2009-2017, told his authoritarian counterpart, “we