President Joe Biden touted his personal rapport with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday, saying he has spent more time with the Chinese Communist leader than any other world leader. Biden’s comments come as his administration has labeled China the “pacing challenge” facing U.S. foreign policy.
At a speech on Thursday to promote his student debt relief plan, Biden said, “Our best days are really ahead of us. We just have to remember who in God’s name we are. We’re the United States of America. There’s nothing — nothing, nothing beyond our capacity. And I mean it. We got to remember who we are.”
Biden then said, “I spent more time with Xi Jinping of China than any world leader has — when I was Vice President and when I was out of the office for four years when I was a professor, and then, now, as President. Sixty-eight hours, in terms of on the telephone or in person with him.”
“And he asked me when we were on the Tibetan Plateau, when I traveled 17-, 18,000 miles with him, He said to me — he said, ‘Can you define America for me?’” Biden continued. “I said, ‘Yes, in one word and please always remember. One word: possibilities.’”
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