Biden’s Diplomatic Agenda in San Francisco
President Joe Biden arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday, embarking on a crucial four-day visit.
The main highlight is a high-profile meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, aiming to address the strained US-China relationship.
The meeting is part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, where leaders from 21 economies are convening for their annual summit.
VIP Reception at San Francisco International Airport:
California Governor Gavin Newsom, a prominent Biden campaign supporter, welcomed the president at the airport.
Newsom, who recently met Xi in Beijing, is hosting a significant fundraiser for Biden’s campaign, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris.
Other notable figures present include Jennifer Biden, Mayor London Breed, and Rep. Kevin Mullin.
US-China Relations and Economic Outlook:
Before leaving the White House, Biden expressed the goal of returning US-China relations to a ‘normal course of corresponding.’
He emphasized the intention to improve the relationship rather than decoupling. The Wednesday meeting with Xi is anticipated as a pivotal moment in these efforts.
Geopolitical Challenges and Global Issues:
White House national security spokesman John Kirby, briefing reporters during the journey, disclosed information about the use of tunnels by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
This development introduces Middle East dynamics into the economic discussions at the summit.
Domestic and Social Issues:
Advocacy groups have urged Biden to address San Francisco’s homelessness crisis and witness the city’s challenges firsthand.
Critics argue that recent street cleanups were orchestrated to avoid embarrassment during the presence of foreign leaders.
While the focus is on Asian-Pacific issues, Biden’s agenda includes efforts to prevent the Israel-Hamas conflict from escalating and garner support for continued US involvement in countering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The president aims to present his economic vision for the region and position the US as a key driver for sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific.
Fundraiser and Bilateral Meeting with Mexico:
Biden is scheduled to attend a fundraising event for his re-election and hold a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during his time in San Francisco.
Government Shutdown Looms in Washington:
Meanwhile, in Washington, Speaker Mike Johnson’s plan to avert a government shutdown faces a crucial vote.
Johnson is seeking Republican support for a ‘clean’ continuing resolution, but internal opposition may pose challenges.
The deadline for funding the government is looming, adding a layer of urgency to the situation.
Biden’s visit to San Francisco encompasses a diverse set of diplomatic, economic, and domestic challenges.
As he engages in high-stakes discussions with global leaders, the backdrop of potential domestic turmoil adds complexity to the president’s agenda.