Biden after victory in the Senate: “I am going stronger” to meeting with Xi Jinping

Joe Biden smiles as he comments that the Democratic Party will retain control of the Senate, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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President Joe Bidensaid on Sunday that the unexpected favorable results in the mid-term elections leave him in a stronger position ahead of the meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

"I know I'm going stronger," Biden said in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he is meeting with leaders at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit (ASEAN).

"I feel good and looking forward to the next two years," he added after learning that the Democrats retained control of the US Senate with a victory in Nevada.

Biden will first meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia on Sunday, a step prior to meeting with Xi.

He will also talk to various Asian leaders, including US allies South Korea and Japan. Biden promised that the US would cooperate with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on common challenges such as the South China Sea and the escalating violence in Myanmar.

The Democrats retained control of the United States Senate with 50 seats, before the imminent victory of the legislator Catherine Cortez Masto in the state of Nevada, according to the projections disclosed by the main American media.

President Joe Biden's party would thus gain the majority in the Senate, compared to the 49 that the Republicans have obtained so far in these midterm elections.

Democrats retained control of the Senate, defying forecasts of a Republican victory in both houses of Congress and making it harder to thwart Biden's agenda.

The fate of the House of Representatives was still uncertain as the Republican Party struggled to muster a slim majority there.

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