U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday, June 16, in Geneva that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping have a purely businesslike relationship.
“We know each other well, but we are not good friends, this is pure business,” Biden said at a news conference following the summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
On June 12, it became known that the members of the “Group of Seven” (G7) summit in Britain expressed radically different views on the course towards China. As reported by the U.S., Biden urged other leaders to publicly criticize China’s anti-democratic methods, “stressing the need for action.”
Earlier, on June 5, Biden opined that the U.S. and Europe, not China, should work out the rules of global trade and technology. The White House chief explained that during the G7 summit, he intended to demonstrate the ability to confront challenges and contain threats, whether it be a pandemic, a climate crisis, or opposition that harms Russian and Chinese activity.
A few days before, Biden signed an executive order prohibiting U.S. businesses and individuals from investing in Chinese companies that Washington considers to be undermining the security of the United States. Fifty-nine PRC firms were blacklisted.