On the Hunt…. Biden will Meet wit Xi

Biden on Monday will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, now in his third term as leader of the Chinese Communist Party, on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit taking place in Bali, Indonesia. It will be their first in-person meeting during Biden’s term, and the two leaders are expected to discuss Taiwan’s security, human rights concerns and what the U.S. considers China’s “harmful economic practices” (The Hill).

Biden will speak in Egypt today during the COP27 United Nations climate change summit and describe a $375 billion U.S. commitment to fight climate change that he hopes will provide leverage as he works to persuade other countries to step up their own efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, all with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (CNN).

In his speech, Biden will call on nations to “really keep their eyes on the ball when it comes to accelerating ambitious action to reduce emissions,” one U.S. official told reporters. And the president will highlight his administration’s intent to propose a rule this week requiring large federal contractors to develop carbon reduction targets and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, leveraging the federal government’s purchasing power to combat climate change in the private sector and bolster vulnerable supply chains.

The president will be on the ground in Egypt today for about three hours and then fly to Cambodia to participate this weekend in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit this weekend, after which he will travel next week to Bali, Indonesia, for a global summit of leaders from the 20 largest economies.

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