The leaders discussed their concerns about China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region and its impact on the international order. They agreed on the need to cooperate closely to promote a rules-based order in the region and to address China’s human rights abuses, including those in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
Biden and Scholz also discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the need for Russia to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements. They expressed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and discussed ways to support Ukraine in its efforts to strengthen its democracy and economy.
In a joint statement after the meeting, the two leaders emphasized the importance of the transatlantic relationship and pledged to work together to promote peace, stability, and prosperity around the world.
The meeting between Biden and Scholz comes just weeks after the new German chancellor took office, and marks an important step in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
Both leaders expressed their commitment to working closely together in the coming years to address the complex challenges facing the world today.