In the midst of escalating geopolitical tensions, California Governor Gavin Newsom met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a ruthless communist dictator, on Wednesday in Beijing, marking the latest development in the mending of US-China relations.
This week, the Democratic governor of California traveled to China for a visit aimed at addressing climate change in light of the state’s nationally-leading pollution regulations.
He stated that fentanyl exports, which the Biden administration has been attempting to stop through penalties on Chinese chemical companies, and climate change were the main topics of their meeting with Xi.
It seems that Newsom’s focus on subnational cooperation and climate change as pathways for U.S.-China diplomacy have been successful.
The journey could clear the way for President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping to meet in Newsom’s hometown of San Francisco next month for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
Xi was urged to attend the conference, according to Newsom, and “we look forward to his response.”
Xi’s meeting with Newsom is the most recent indication that he is willing to negotiate with influential Democrats, following his meetings with various Senators and Secretary of State Antony Blinken in June and earlier this month.
His focus has been on issues of climate policy and technology cooperation between California and China, generally avoiding areas of contention between the two nations, such as trade disputes, China’s aggressive posture toward Taiwan, its support for Russia in the Russia-Ukraine war, as well as its genocidal actions toward its own Uyghur population.