Joe Biden Does Not Mention Coronavirus in Opening Remarks with 'Old Friend' Xi Jinping

Joe Biden Does Not Mention Coronavirus in Opening Remarks with 'Old Friend' Xi Jinping


President Joe Biden made no mention of the coronavirus pandemic on Monday during his opening remarks at a video conference meeting with Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping.

“I’m happy we’ve found time to meet, and I look forward to candid and forthright discussions like all the discussions we’ve had thus far,” Biden said, adding that “we never walk away wondering what the other man is thinking.”

The president told Xi he would raise areas of concern for the United States, on issues “from human rights, to economics, and a free and open Indo-Pacific” as well as “climate change,” but he did not mention the coronavirus pandemic once during his opening remarks.

Biden noted during the meeting that he and Xi had a long

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