Biden, Xi find no breakthroughs at lengthy virtual summit

Biden, Xi find no breakthroughs at lengthy virtual summit Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the President’s meetings in a statement Monday. Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the President’s meetings in a statement…

Biden, Xi find no breakthroughs at lengthy virtual summit

Biden, Xi find no breakthroughs at lengthy virtual summit Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the President’s meetings in a statement Monday.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the President’s meetings in a statement Monday.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the President’s meetings in a statement Monday.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on Sunday in Argentina.

Vice President Joe Biden said “there was no breakthrough” during the marathon 90-minute meeting between the President and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

After being widely expected that Vice President Xi will become the next Chinese President in just two weeks, President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met face-to-face for what would be only the second official meeting between the two. Their first was a state dinner during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July.

“We have a really important relationship,” President Trump said in a brief statement after the meeting. “China is a very important country. I’m going to stay with the relationship. I have tremendous respect for President Xi.”

The President tweeted that Monday’s meeting with Xi is “expected to start with a signing ceremony” which he and Xi “have in mind.”

Vice President Biden, who was at the meeting with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, said the negotiation around the next Chinese President would begin Wednesday.

“For President Xi, it’s no secret he has a lot of on-going issues with President Trump,” Vice President Biden said. “He’s got a policy with regard to Taiwan, he’s got a lot of issues that concern the American people with respect to North Korea, Taiwan, trade, and it will be a matter of melding those two policies to help both parties.”

“I’m not happy about the way the South China Sea is going. I think there needs to be much more than words. I will say the tone is good. The Chinese team is very engaged. I’m absolutely confident that we will get the agreements that are necessary,” Biden added.

As each day approaches to the anticipated formal appointment of the next Chinese leader, President Trump and Xi face growing pressure from their respective domestic constituencies to take a hard line on North Korea’s nuclear program, which has threatened global security for years.

What’s more, Xi would need to fulfill a promise President Trump made on trade. The President’s pledge to get China to do more to combat drug cartels, counterfeit goods and other harmful trade violations is important for both countries.

By CNN’s Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN Political Editor and Kevin Liptak, CNN National Security Analyst

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