Former Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are meeting this week in Beijing as the world waits to see how the two world leaders will talk about the China-U.S. trade relationship.
Biden and Xi met this morning. Biden is carrying a briefcase full of logistical documents and letters for Xi and wants to show the president.
The two leaders met in secret for three days in February at the Great Hall of the People, where both sat next to each other at a wooden table and made small talk.
Trump has repeatedly criticized China, which is accusing Trump of abusing trade laws to let tariffs on steel and aluminum imports jump.
Beijing has retaliated with tariffs on U.S. products, saying it has to defend itself from U.S. protectionism.
It’s possible Biden will bring up unfair trade practices and US military superiority over China.
Biden is also pushing the idea of declaring the 20th century global order unsustainable and reversing the dominance of the western model of order.
That has ramifications with the Trump administration pushing a new deal: the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership that was Obama-era.
Jason Cherkis is a correspondent for The Daily Beast and an investigative journalist who also works for NBC News.
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