During a swearing-in ceremony for new staffers, now President, Joe Biden recounted one of the many intimate meals with once a foreign leader and now a President like him Xi Jinping. On Wednesday after shifting to the White House, Biden was seen recalling the earlier times. He said when he was with Xi Jinping on the Tibetan plateau, the now China President Jinping had asked Biden to have a private dinner with him.
During the dinner each of them had an interpreter and Jinping had asked him how will Biden define America- ‘Can you define America for me?’, he had asked. To which Biden simply answered- ‘Possibilities.’ He recalled the anecdote that happened in 2011 inside a Chengdu hotel restaurant to express his view of the American dream as Biden assumed the presidency.
But the incident also reminded everyone that Biden has entered the presidency job with a long standing history with the foreign leader who is now a President, an equal to him and in certain cases even poses as an adversary.
From Friday afternoon, President Biden has launched his global efforts with the first call to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Compared to all it is a reliable traditional first diplomatic outing. Certainly it won’t be all easy and without tension as President Biden has revoked a permit for the $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline.
The pipeline is designed for funnel oil from Alberta across the border to the United States. But Trudeau will definitely have a more like minded partner now as Biden, as the new president will agree on many topics with him including the environment which is quite different from the predecessor.
During the G7 summit hosted by Trudeau in the northern woods of Quebec, Trump had stalked away early declaring the Canadian leader as ‘very dishonest and weak’. On Friday, part of the traditional first conversation for a new US leader Biden also spoke to Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.