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The most important outcome of the meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco will probably be that if forced Gov. Gavin Newsom to finally clean up the city. For a few days, people can walk the street without worrying about stepping on human excrement or used needles. Prediction: This will be the most long-lasting and memorable outcome.
Both leaders have every reason to want to meet. Xi has an economy that looks like it dogged-out at a marathon water break. Unemployment is at record highs. The real estate market is a mess. The Chinese leader also has to be troubled that the Beijing brand is down worldwide, while innumerable voices in the U.S. calling are calling for tougher responses on every front. Xi must leap for the channel changer every time he sees Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., who chairs a special committee on China, on television.
Xi relishes great-power competition when he thinks he’s winning. When he’s not, he would prefer the other side take a time-out so China can catch up at the mile marker.