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BEIJING (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden "will be good for the relationship" between China and the United States, although both sides may "have started a little chilly," former US Secretary of Defense William Cohen told a forum in Beijing .
Cohen, who has known Biden since 1972, said via a video link to the China Development Forum that US engagement in China under Biden will be more professional, diplomatic and civil than it was in the Trump era.
The top diplomats of China and the United States clashed publicly in their opening address at a meeting in Alaska this week that ended hours before the Beijing forum on Saturday, causing some observers to worry that the relationship is still going on Could be worse than during the previous Trump administration, which saw ties plummet to historic lows since diplomatic ties were established.
The Alaska private talks actually went better than what was shown in public, David Rubenstein, former US government policy advisor and co-founder of Carlyle Group (NASDAQ 🙂 said the forum.
However, he does not expect a meeting between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping within a year.
"That's a good thing," he said.
"Because that means they are working behind the scenes to make sure the summit happens, something productive is going to happen at that summit," he said.
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