China’s Xi calls Biden an ‘old friend’ after prez talks climate change but not COVID origins at virtual summit

China’s Xi calls Biden an ‘old friend’ after prez talks climate change but not COVID origins at virtual summit


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.”

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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

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