Summit a chance for Xi and Biden to act global and think local

There is no such thing as coincidence in diplomacy, especially in planning a summit. The timing of the first virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States President Joe Biden on Tuesday is a good example.Both leaders face crucial tests at home next year and this was probably the best – and only – opportunity left to connect directly and seek a temporary truce amid mounting fears of a mishap or miscalculation.Stung by the Afghanistan debacle and mired in domestic…


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