US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House on November 15. Photo: Reuters
US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House on November 15. Photo: Reuters

In denying ‘old friend’ Xi Jinping, did US President Joe Biden prioritise politics over regard for Asian, Chinese culture?

  • When the Chinese president called his American counterpart ‘lao peng you’, the White House stressed the pair were no backslapping buddies
  • The frosty response was shaped by domestic politics but across Asia, terms of familiarity are common social lubricants

Topic |   US-China relations
US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House on November 15. Photo: Reuters
US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House on November 15. Photo: Reuters
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