Climate, Ukraine, China in focus as Biden prepares for upcoming foreign trip | Taiwan News

President Joe Biden will meet with the leaders of Egypt, Cambodia and Indonesia during an upcoming trip to North Africa and Asia where he will demonstrate US commitment to issues such as climate change and affirm Washington’s commitment to combat with the rise of China’s global influence.

Biden’s wide-ranging trip will include an international climate summit in Egypt and meetings of ASEAN and the Group of 20 industrialized nations in Cambodia and Indonesia, senior administration officials said Tuesday.

It begins two days after American voters gave a verdict on the Biden administration and two years of Democratic control of Washington.

Based on the results of the election, Biden may begin his journey in a politically weak position. Democrats are privately preparing to lose control of at least one House of Representatives. The number of races in the US Senate that could take away power in the chamber is estimated to be 50-50 as a hobby.

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Administration officials were unable to say whether Biden would have a separate meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is expected to attend the summit, and what his agenda might be. The two governments are working towards arranging the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Biden took office in January 2021.

Biden will begin his trip by traveling to Egypt to participate in the COP27 United Nations climate change summit on Friday, where he will talk about America’s efforts to reduce emissions and also hold a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El -Sisi, the officers said. . “Human rights will feature heavily” in the discussions with Egyptian leaders, said one of the administration officials.

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Biden will then travel to Cambodia from Saturday to Sunday to participate in the annual US-ASEAN summit and the East Asia Summit where he will focus on the Indo-Pacific region and talk about the US commitment to order rules-based international in Southern China. Yes, they said.

From Sunday to November 16, Biden will visit Indonesia to participate in a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 major economies. He will have no excuses for defending Ukraine and calling out Russia during the meeting, one of the officials said. The biggest impact abroad from Tuesday’s midterm elections in the United States is the future of aid to Ukraine.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has not publicly indicated whether he plans to attend the summit. Biden has said he has no plans to meet with Putin, but left open the possibility of a conversation if Putin wants to discuss a deal to free Americans imprisoned in Russia. The officials did not comment on any meetings between the two leaders.

The Biden administration has also said the president has no plans to meet Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the OPEC+ cartel cut production months after Biden’s meeting with the crown prince in July and efforts hurting his administration to keep gas prices and inflation at. home

(Reporting by Nandita Bose, Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu, Jonathan Oatis and Sandra Maler)


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