"I really believe he liked me and I liked him," Trump said of his relationship with China's president, while agreeing Xi "is a killer."
Eight Republican lawmakers approved of Biden's pick, while three Democrats decided against him seven years after the death of Laquan McDonald.
The median approval rating of U.S. leadership across 46 countries and territories stands at 49 percent—up from the 30 percent at the end of Trump's term.
Polling by pro-government and opposition bodies reflects sanguine attitudes toward tensions across the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan's ruling party has "thrown itself into a political gamble that has only short-term benefits and no chance of winning in the long run," said the Global Times.
The Chinese envoy to ASEAN tweeted after 149 Chinese military planes flew sorties into the skies off southwestern Taiwan in early October.
The secretary of state warned against "unilateral actions that change the status quo by force" across the Taiwan Strait.
Ahead of the trip, China tried to discourage the French senators from going to Taiwan.
"The former Chinese ambassador came to me and said, 'Please do not touch the MDT, leave it as it is,'" Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.
Morocco's trying to seek "the necessary balance between facilitating the movement of people...and combating clandestine immigration," its foreign minister said.
Milley is also likely to be asked about his conversations with his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuocheng.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said the two countries have "significant differences on key issues."
"It is my hope that, as two NATO countries, we should treat each other with friendship, not hostility. But the current trajectory does not bode well," Erdogan said.
"Let's remember, tens of thousands of Australians died on French soil over two World Wars protecting France in France," Australia's Deputy Prime Minister said.
The AUKUS deal is "not something that anybody needs to worry about, and particularly not our French friends," U.K. Prime Minster Boris Johnson said.
Four pro-democracy activists with Tiananmen vigil organizer the Hong Kong Alliance were detained by police on Wednesday.
The nimble warship is the first of a new batch of naval vessels that experts say will improve Taiwan's asymmetric warfare capabilities against China.
China's Foreign Ministry echoed remarks by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said the United States had achieved "zero" during its 20 years in Afghanistan.
A Chinese commentator said the regulations are designed to include all of the Chinese-claimed territories in the East and South China seas.
At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday, China told the U.S. and its NATO allies that the withdrawal from Afghanistan "is not the end of responsibility" in the country.
"The people had a glimpse of a better life — but that has been torn away."
The Taliban said on Tuesday that Pakistan, China and Russia had given the group "political support" and recognized it as a "great political and military force."
Premier Su Tseng-chang said the Taiwanese government fears neither death nor imprisonment in the face of potential "annexation" by China.
China's state-owned Global Times has continued its campaign against Lithuania following a decision to allow a de facto Taiwan embassy in Vilnius.
Hu Xijin of the Global Times criticized Lithuania on social media before penning an editorial about the Baltic state's refusal to acquiesce to China's demands.
China said Tuesday it was a response to Lithuania's decision to allow the opening of a representative office in Vilnius under the name "Taiwan."
Qin Gang is a career diplomat who earned a reputation for rebutting journalists—he now occupies what is arguably China's most important foreign posting.
Taiwan is following the bill's progress and will maintain its close ties with the U.S., a spokesperson told Newsweek.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Benfold made its maiden Taiwan Strait transit on Wednesday.
"There are some things that rise above specific differences that are the global responsibility of great powers," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said.