The US president arrives in Egypt this Friday to participate in the climate summit. He will then travel to Cambodia to attend the ASEAN summit, after which the meeting of the leaders of the world's major powers awaits him in Bali
U.S. President Joe Biden waves from Air Force One as he leaves for Egypt to attend the COP27 summit from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, United States, November 10, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
The US president, Joe Biden, set off this Thursday for the Climate Summit COP27 in Egypt from where he will address the ASEAN in Cambodia and the G20 in Indonesia, on a tour in which he plans to have his first face-to-face meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping b>, in Bali.
Biden took off for Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt), where this Friday he will give a speech to COP27 attendees and will meet with the Egyptian president, Abdelfatah Al Sisi, who is serving as host.
According to the White House, Biden will ask Al Sisi to undertake reforms aimed at improving respect for human rights and freeing all “political prisoners”, by time that he will address with him the situation of the well-known human rights defender Alaa Abdelfatah, imprisoned in Egypt.
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The case of Abdelfatah, who is on hunger strike partial for months, has become one of the central issues of COP27, since he stopped drinking water the same day the conference opened, which has raised great concern for his life and has made countries like the UK, France and Germany address the issue directly with Sisi.
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Subsequently, Biden will give a speech to reaffirm the US commitment to the fight against the climate crisis, but in which no big announcements are expected.
One of the main issues at COP27 has been the financing of “losses and damage”, compensation to poorer countries for the damage caused by the climate crisis.
However, richer countries, including the United States, have been reluctant to accept that they bear responsibility for historic emissions, and so far they have not provided the level of support that developing nations say they need.
In this regard, White House officials they said the US wants to work “constructively” on the issue, but was unwilling to compromise at this summit.
Contain China's advance
After his speech on the climate crisis, the president will leave for Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to participate on Saturday and Sunday in the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
US President Joe Biden comments on the results of the mid-term elections in a White House room, Washington, USA. November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
Biden will meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, White House officials told reporters.
The president, who already toured Asia in May with stops in South Korea and Japan, wants to show China that the United States is committed to the “peace” and “stability”of the region, as well as with the fulfillment of the international norms that were established after the Second World War.
In addition, according to the aforementioned officials, Biden plans to discuss with the Asian countries the tensions around the South China Sea, a region in which it is estimated that 11,000 million barrels of oil are hidden and where China is in dispute with Taiwan, Brunei , Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.
On the table will also be the crisis in Myanmar and the increase in tensions around Taiwan, an ally of Washington and which China considers a rebel province.
There could also be new announcements of US aid. In May, Biden announced $150 million in assistance to ASEAN during a meeting in Washington with the leaders of those Southeast Asian nations. Before there was another of 100 million during the 2021 summit, which was virtual.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and US President Joe Biden talk during a bilateral meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, on November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File
G20, China and the war in Ukraine
Once the ASEAN summit is over, Biden will leave on Monday for < b>Bali to participate in the G20 and, upon arrival, will have a bilateral meeting with the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.
That same day, Biden and Xi will hold a long-awaited meeting that will be the first face-to-facebetween the two since the arrival of the American to the Presidency in January 2021, the White House confirmed this Thursday.
The spokeswoman for the US Government, Karine Jean- Pierre, specified in a statement that they will talk about “the efforts to maintain and deepen the lines of communication” between both countries, as well as to “manage the bilateral competition in a responsible manner”, between others.
El US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, US, on November 15, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File
In Bali, Biden will also seek to unite the world against the war in Ukraine, an especially difficult task given the different positions within the G20, which will hold its meeting between Tuesday and Wednesday, and where some nations support to Russia or have tried to remain neutral.
After the marathon of summits, Biden will return to Washington on Wednesday, November 16.
< i>(Co n information from EFE)