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Beneath handshake and smiles, tensions in focus as Biden, Xi meet on sidelines of G-20 in Bali

Biden and Xi discussed working together on climate, debt relief, health and global food security. and "agreed to empower key senior officials to maintain communication and deepen constructive efforts on these and other issues."

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden shake hands while meeting during the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. (AN/CNA)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to "manage the competition responsibly and maintain open lines of communication" during a face-to-face meeting while both attended the Group of 20 major economies' summit.

Biden told reporters after their meeting on Monday he's optimistic the rising tensions can be dialed back.

"I absolutely believe there need not be a new Cold War.  We — I’ve met many times with Xi Jinping, and we were candid and clear with one another across the board. And I do not think there’s any imminent attempt on the part of China to invade Taiwan," Biden said at a press conference in the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Bali, Indonesia.

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