President Biden disputed a journalist’s characterisation of Chinese President Xi Jinping as an “old friend”, saying, “Let’s get something straight – we know each other well, we’re not old friends. It’s just pure business.”
At a press conference following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, President Biden disputed a journalist’s characterization of Chinese President Xi Jinping as an “old friend.'
in Geneva on Wednesday, President Biden disputed a journalist’s characterization of Chinese President Xi Jinping as an “old friend” who might be persuaded to allow an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.“Let’s get something straight — we know each other well, we’re not old friends,” Biden said. “It’s just pure business.”
Biden had several sharp exchanges with journalists after he concluded his bilateral meeting with Putin, including an especially heated one withCNN’s Kaitlan Collins. Before boarding Air Force One on his way back to Washington, he approached a scrum of reporters and apologized for being a “wise guy.”
The characterization of Biden and Xi as something other than adversaries came courtesy of Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, who hasbecome a White House adversaryin recent months. Doocy pressed Biden on whether his long-standing relationship with the Chinese leader could help as the United States and other nations try to find out how, as researchers believe, the pandemic originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan sometime in late 2019. headtopics.com
“Is there going to become a time where you might call him, old friend to old friend, and ask him to open up China to the World Health Organization investigators who are trying to get to the bottom of COVID-19?” Doocy asked.Biden may dispute the terms of his relationship with Xi, but during the presidential campaign he frequently invoked having traveled 17,000 miles with him as vice president to Barack Obama. Xi was the Chinese vice president at the time.
“That’s how I got to know him so well,” Biden said of their travels. But the extent of the travels was “misleading,” the Washington Postfound earlier this year.Now that both men are presidents of their respective nations, they must figure out how to resolve the virus origin issue. Republicans have been especially adamant that Biden confront China more forcefully over the possibility that human activity was responsible for a pandemic that has sickened 177 million people worldwide.
Story continuesWhile scientific consensus has held that the virus began at a market, an alternate view is that it “escaped” from a laboratory where it was being studied.President Biden in Geneva on Wednesday. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)While Biden has allowed that China has not been forthcoming about how the coronavirus began, he has thus far failed to explain how he will confront the communist nation over the increasingly contentious issue of the pandemic’s origins.
“China is trying very hard to project itself as a responsible and very, very forthcoming nation,” the president said Wednesday.Biden portrayed Beijing’s shipment ofmillions of doses of coronavirus vaccineas an effort by China to try to cast itself as a responsible global citizen. He predicted that those efforts would come to naught unless Chinese leaders allow a more thorough investigation into how the coronavirus began. headtopics.com
“Certain things you don’t have to explain to the people of the world,” Biden said. “They see the results. Is China really, actually trying to get to the bottom of this?”Many scientists believe that the hypothesis that the coronavirus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology needs to be taken as a serious possibility, and the theory has entered the mainstream,
. But evaluating what remains a highly speculative notion will be impossible without China’s cooperation. Read more: Yahoo Singapore »
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