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Xi Dominates G20 Talks With Biden in Pages of China’s Leading Newspaper

The People’s Daily, China’s leading newspaper, depicted Joe Biden as an engrossed listener and Xi Jinping as a wise orator after the pair met for the first time as presidents last week.

A front-page report on Xi’s appearance at the G20 summit in Bali painted the Chinese leader as a succinct and, at times, commanding figure whose presence had been sorely missed by foreign counterparts during his lengthy self-imposed pandemic isolation.

The prose, long-time China watchers said, was an obligatory rhetorical flourish that accompanied Xi’s reelection as leader of the Chinese Communist Party last month, and his subsequent reemergence onto the world stage with his grip on power assured.

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