After talks with Xi, Biden says progress made in three areas with China

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President Biden held a press conference after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and said progress was made on reducing fentanyl coming from China to the U.S., re-establishing military-to-military contacts between the two countries and working together on the risk and safety issues related to artificial intelligence.

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JOE BIDEN: I've been meeting with President Xi since both of us were vice president over 10 years ago. Our meetings have always been candid and straightforward. We haven't always agreed. But they've been straightforward. And today, building on the groundwork related with the past several months of high-level diplomacy between our teams, we've made some important progress, I believe.

First, I'm pleased to announce that after many years of being on hold, we are restarting cooperation between the United States and PRC on counter-narcotics. In 2019, you may remember, China took action to greatly reduce the amount of fentanyl shipped directly from China to the United States. But in the year since that time, the challenge has evolved from finished fentanyl to fentanyl chemical ingredients and pill presses, which are being shipped without controls. And by the way, some of these pills are being inserted in other drugs, like cocaine. And a lot of people are dying. More people in the United States between the ages of 18 to 49 die from fentanyl than from guns, car accidents, or any other cause, period.

So today, with this new understanding, we're taking action to significantly reduce the flow of precursor chemicals and pill presses from China to the Western Hemisphere. It's going to save lives. And I appreciate President Xi's commitment on this issue.

President Xi and I tasked our teams to maintain the policy and law enforcement coordination going forward to make sure it works. I also want to thank the bipartisan congressional delegation to China, led by Leader Schumer, in October for supporting efforts of-- this effort so strongly.

Secondly, and this is critically important, we're reassuming military-to-military contacts, direct contacts. As a lot of you press know who follow this, that's been cut off. And it's been very worrisome. That's how accidents happen, misunderstandings.

So we're back to direct, open, clear, direct communications on a direct basis. Vital miscalculations on either side can or-- can cause real, real trouble with a country like China or any other major country. And so I think we're making real progress there as well.

And thirdly, we're going to get our experts together to discuss risk and safety issues associated with artificial intelligence. As many of you who traveled with me around the world almost everywhere I go, every major leader wants to talk about the impact of artificial intelligence. These are tangible steps in the right direction to determine what's useful and what's not useful, what's dangerous, and what's acceptable.