Joe Biden Announces The U.s. Has Reached Vaccination Milestone
The US president proposed to Xi that the leaders hold the summit in an effort to break an impasse in US-China relations, but multiple people briefed on the call said the Chinese leader did not take him up on the offer and instead insisted that Washington adopt a less strident tone towards Beijing.
The White House had portrayed the call — which took place at Biden’s request seven months after their first telephone conversation — as a chance to test if Xi was willing to engage seriously after several diplomatic meetings between US and Chinese officials garnered little progress.
Five people briefed on the call said that while Xi had used less abrasive language than his top diplomats had done this year, his overall message to Biden was that the US must tone down its rhetoric.
Biden has taken a harsh line on China, criticising its treatment of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, its crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and its military activity around Taiwan. Beijing has responded by accusing the Biden administration of interfering in China’s core strategic interests.
President Joe Biden came into office with a willingness to think big, not small,” Sanders, 80, wrote, citing a bevy of problems — “a horrific pandemic, economic collapse, grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality, racial tension, extreme-weather disasters and dangerous attacks on American democracy” — facing the country at the start of Biden’s term.
Each year TIME puts together its list of influential people, publishing accolades — or in some cases, justifications for the “influential” designation — written by colleagues, friends and famous admirers and journalists.
Though Sanders admitted he has strong disagreements with the 46th president, he wrote that he believed Biden was “the first President in a very long time who is attempting to address the fundamental crises facing our nation.”
Despite their differences of opinion, Sanders has talked about his and Biden’s friendly and supportive relationship. Earlier this year, he said the Biden campaign made his team feel “very welcome.”
In 2016, when Biden, now 78, decided not to run for president after his time as Barack Obama’s vice president, Sanders said he got advice from Biden. “He was giving me his advice — political advice — and they were, I think for me, very useful conversations, and friendly conversations.”
In the 2020 general election, Joe Biden Sanders said he returned the favorite, offering his assistance to Biden with some “progressive ideas.”
For the TIME 100 list, Sanders also took the opportunity to declare his support for some of the Biden administration’s policies (opposed by Republicans as excessive and ineffective), including the American Rescue Plan and its measures to promote vaccinations, reduce hunger and homelessness and address child poverty.
Sanders also cited the infrastructure bill and a sweeping spending proposal as important legislation that would create jobs, help working families and face the threat of climate change.
“I look forward to working with President Biden on these transformative efforts,” Sanders wrote.