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High Level Talks Between U.S. & China Presidents

The leaders of China and the U.S. held a virtual meeting in hopes of reducing tensions amongst the two power countries. While Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden have spoken twice on the phone since Biden took office earlier this year, the high-level summit represents the first time the two heads of state will engage in such formal conversation. The meeting comes amidst a diplomatic breakthrough at the U.N. climate talks where the two countries agreed to increase cooperation with each other in order to reduce the impact of climate change.

Who will meet and why?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Videos:

News Articles:

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping: What they want from talks

BBC NEWS

November 14, 2021 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59258375

Biden and Xi prepare for virtual summit amid rising tensions

The Guardian

November 14, 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/14/biden-and-xi-prepare-for-virtual-summit-amid-rising-tensions

Biden-Xi virtual summit set for Monday evening amid rising China tensions

CNBC

November 12, 2021

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/12/biden-xi-virtual-summit-set-for-monday-evening-as-china-tensions-rise.html

A complicated relationship: Biden and Xi prepare for meeting

AP

November 15, 2021

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-joe-biden-business-lifestyle-beijing-e6013378e03727b85a8f59f71fe61f4a

News Articles (Analyses):

What to Expect From the Biden-Xi Virtual Summit

Foreign Policy

November 14, 2021 https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/11/14/china-us-summit-xi-biden-white-meeting-tensions-taiwan-climate/

Biden, Xi Support APEC Declaration Ahead of US-China Summit

VOA

November 12, 2021

https://www.voanews.com/a/biden-xi-support-apec-declaration-ahead-of-us-china-summit-/6311221.html

Xi Jinping warns of ‘cold war’ divisions as US rebuilds alliances

FINANCIAL TIMES

November 11, 2021

https://www.ft.com/content/4752af06-35c7-4619-9b95-91c429c1e1be

Factbox: Top pain points between U.S. and China as Xi, Biden meet

REUTERS

November 14, 2021

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/top-pain-points-between-us-china-xi-biden-meet-2021-11-15/

Assessment:

Writing: What are some of the issues that will be discussed between China and the U.S.?  

Debate: What is the biggest issue that needs to be addressed at the upcoming bilateral talks?  

Poll: Should the U.S. come to the defense of Taiwan if it is invaded by China?  

Short Answer: Why is Taiwan such a sensitive topic for China?

QUIZ:

China and Russia will hold high-level talks in hopes of averting a military confrontation. (T/F)

President Xi Jinping has recently consolidated power in China. (T/F)

The summit between Biden and Xi is the first time the two leaders have ever spoken. (T/F)

Political Analysists fear which of the following is emerging between China and the U.S.?

a. Detente.

B A Cold War.

c. A Hot War.

d. Armistice.

What is the official U.S. policy regarding Taiwan?

a. Containment.

b. Strategic ambiguity.

c. Domino theory.

d. One China.

All the following are topics to be discussed at the bilateral meeting between Xi and Biden EXCEPT.

a. Trade and technology.

b. Human rights.

c. Climate change.

d. Upcoming Winter Olympics.

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