By: Jianli Yang and Bradley A. Thayer – Nov 13, 2022

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will attend the 17th Group of the 20 (G20) Summit in Bali from 14-17 November before travelling to Bangkok for the 29th APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Forum and an extended visit to Thailand. At the G20, Xi will meet with President Biden. At this point, it is propitious to consider the likely contours of the meeting. After the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress at which Xi cemented his unprecedented third term and further solidified his power to a degree that there are no conceivable obstacles in the way of his policies, for Xi, economic issues are the most immediate to be addressed. Accordingly, it is unwise for Xi not to improve trade relations with the West. After all, China’s economy is unsettled and in a period of relative decline. We do not know precisely what Xi is going to do or say in the upcoming G20 Summit in order to achieve that goal, but there is greater precision regarding the principles Biden must hold in their talks.

First, regarding Taiwan, Biden has vowed several times in the past to employ U.S. military force to defend the island from a Chinese invasion. Biden should not back away from these statements, which are necessary to make the principles of the U.S. less ambiguous as a part of overall strategy to deter China from attack Taiwan by force.

Second, Biden should raise human rights concerns, and he must remain steadfast in doing so. Human rights in China should not be allowed to be held hostage to the issues for which it is in the interest of the U.S. to cooperate with China…. [Continue Reading]