Biden recalls telling China’s Xi Jinping the US is about ‘possibilities’ before swearing in appointees

Biden recalls telling China’s Xi Jinping the US is about ‘possibilities’ before swearing in appointees

US President Joe Biden referenced a conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, when both were vice-presidents, during one of his first official acts in his new role on Wednesday.

“I was asked a long time ago when I was with Xi Jinping, and I was on the Tibetan plateau with him,” Biden said as he was administering an oath of office – virtually – to nearly 1,000 of his appointees. Xi “asked me in a private dinner, he and I, and we each had an interpreter. He said can you define America for me, and I said yes and I meant it.

“I said I can do it in one word, one word: possibilities. We believe anything’s possible if we set our mind to it, unlike any other country in the world.”

Biden was presumably referring to a trip the new US leader took to China in 2011, when he was deputy to then-president Barack Obama and Xi was China’s vice-president.