The Biden-Xi talks yielded little more than a promise to continue talking.

According to both American and Chinese accounts of the meeting, there was little progress on the issues that had pushed the two countries to the brink of war.

President Biden stated on Wednesday that four hours of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping resulted in two significant agreements, one on reducing fentanyl production and the other on military-to-military communications.

However, both American and Chinese accounts of their first meeting in a year indicated little progress on the issues that have pushed the two countries to the brink of war.

Mr. Biden told reporters after the talks and a brief walk on the grounds of a mansion south of San Francisco that the conversation had been the "most constructive and productive" 

The agreements they announced were modest, with their main commitments being to continue talking and to pick a date.

There was no formal set of discussions on one of the critical issues, which was the use of artificial intelligence in their nuclear arsenal command and control systems. 

Instead, Mr. Biden's aides stated that national security adviser Jake Sullivan would continue to speak with China's top foreign affairs official, Wang Yi.

Mr. Biden went out of his way to show Mr. Xi respect, greeting him at the entrance to Filoli, a century-old mansion with gardens chosen as a private location for the world's two most critical military, technological, and economic superpowers to meet.

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