Can the U.S. and China work together? Don’t look to climate change action for answers.

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November 17, 2021

The United States and China are the two most powerful nations in the world. They are also at loggerheads over national security on Taiwan, human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, trade andtariffs, public health and covid-19 — and more. President Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping had their first substantive meeting on Monday evening, with the U.S. leader talking virtually with his Chinese counterpart, who has not left his country throughout the pandemic.

Most experts had low expectations for Monday’s talks. While U.S.-China relations nosedived under the aggressive foreign policy of President Donald Trump, they have remained frosty under the Biden administration. Many now place much of the blame on Xi, who is widely expected to rule until at least 2027, if not longer.

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