The Big Picture

Vincent Boland: Reading between the lines, the US-China ‘new cold war’ is very real

At the first ever presidential face-to-face meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping at the G20 in Bali, it was clear that the gulf which divides them is far wider than the Taiwan Strait

Whenever two powerful heads of state meet for a summit, officials from each side release a summary of the discussions and conclusions as they understood them. These read-outs give the world a hint of what was said and what it might mean. The contrasts and similarities between the two versions of the same event are often as revealing as the messaging.

US president Joe Biden met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping last week at a ...