This article discusses the arrival of a Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, on U.S. soil, for an upcoming international summit and meeting with American President Joe Biden. This meeting signifies the tension in the relationship between the two countries, especially following the recent spy-balloon affair. There is growing concern that both countries are on the path towards a potential armed conflict. This meeting is being billed as an effort to stabilize the relationship so it won’t collapse in 2024. The article lists five ways to judge whether the meeting yields progress, including the topic of fentanyl, the reopening of military communications, US trade restrictions, Taiwan’s independence, and the propaganda reaction post-summit which will help to gauge the success of the meeting. The uncertainty of the post-summit relationship is a topic mentioned at the end of the article as well.
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