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China's President Xi Calls Biden 'My Old Friend' Despite Denial of Close Ties

Chinese leader trolls Biden

 on 16th November 2021 @ 1.00pm
xi s strong greeting as an  old friend  which directly goes against biden s claims © press
Xi's strong greeting as an 'old friend' which directly goes against Biden's claims

Chinese leader Xi Jinping trolled Joe Biden by greeting him as an "old friend" during a video meeting for their virtual summit Monday.

However, Biden has continually pushed back at claims he and Xi were friends, calling their meeting "pure business."

Biden and the Chinese leader have "spent an awful lot of time talking to each other."

Xi's strong greeting as an "old friend," which directly goes against Biden's claims from him and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki that the two are not "old friends."

Earlier this year, Biden responded to Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy when asked if he would call Xi "old friend to old friend."

biden claimed  we know each other well  we re not old friends  it s just pure business © press
Biden claimed 'We know each other well. We're not old friends. It's just pure business'

"Let's get something straight," Biden responded.

"We know each other well."

"We're not old friends."

"It's just pure business."

Before the virtual meeting on Monday, Psaki said Biden was by no means close friends with Xi; adding the level of rapport would allow them to have "candid discussions."

"Well...I can confirm...he still does not consider him an 'old friend,' so that remains consistent," Psaki said.

Xi used the expression "lao peng you," which means fondness and shows a level of familiarity and trust.

The expression also reflects a shared history that dates to August 2011, when he and Biden held hours of conversations and when Biden was vice president under Obama.

china s propaganda outlets described biden as  respectful  to the communist regime © press
China's propaganda outlets described Biden as 'respectful' to the Communist regime

President of the Center for China and Globalization, Wang Huiyao, said the expression is a show of genuine goodwill.

Biden said he and Xi have "always communicated with one another very honestly and candidly' and they 'never walk away wondering what the other man is thinking."

Shi Yinhong, professor of international relations at Renmin University of China, noted Xi's use of the term despite the problematic state of relations.

"When we Chinese call someone an old friend, we mean we've known him for a long time. But an 'old friend' doesn't necessarily mean he is still a real friend," Shi said.

Earlier this year, China praised Biden for "showing respect" to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)P).

State-controlled Chinese media hailed the "positive" call between Hunter Biden's father and CCP General Secretary Xi.

China's propaganda outlets described Biden as "respectful" to the Communist regime.

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