Biden and Xi ease Cold War fears, but fundamental frictions remain

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Biden and Xi ease Cold War fears, but fundamental frictions remain

  • U.S. President Joe Biden speaks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping during their first in-person meeting since Biden took office, in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday. | DOUG MILLS / THE NEW YORK TIMES

With U.S.-China relations descending into dangerous territory, the leaders of the world’s two superpowers sought to clear the air and chart a new path forward in their first in-person summit meeting since U.S. President Joe Biden took office.

But while the “blunt” talks on Monday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit marked a positive — if modest — step forward, the million-dollar question is whether that momentum can be sustained, as key challenges remain.

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