WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Sep 10 (AP) US President Joe Biden spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the phone on Thursday. Amid growing “competition” between the world’s two largest economies, the White House said the two leaders had a comprehensive, strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where the interests of the two countries meet, and those areas. Even where the interests, values and perspectives of the two countries differ. The talks between the two leaders are taking place at a time when there is disappointment on the American side that the Biden administration
This is the second time the two leaders have spoken since Biden took office. At present, there are many issues of disagreement between the two countries, including trade, technology, human rights and Beijing’s aggressive stance in the South China Sea, among other issues.
Biden’s motive for making the call was focused on none of these issues. Instead, the dialogue focused on discussing the way forward for US-China relations. The two leaders talked over the phone for 90 minutes.
“The two leaders had a comprehensive, strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where our interests meet, and areas where our interests, values and perspectives differ,” the White House said in a statement.
“During these talks, the two leaders have agreed to have an ‘open and direct’ dialogue on various issues,” the statement said. As President Biden has made clear, this discussion was part of an ongoing US effort to responsibly manage competition between the US and China.
CNN quoted a senior administration official as saying that the talks between the leaders of the two countries were held in a “respectful” and “cordial” atmosphere.
In a statement, the White House said President Biden outlined America’s vision for peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world, and that the two leaders took responsibility on behalf of both countries to ensure that competition does not escalate into tension. Attitudes discussed.
The White House hopes that despite growing differences, the two sides can work together on issues of common concern, including climate change and preventing the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.
At the same time, regarding the talks between Biden and Xi, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in Beijing said that China and the US are the most developing and largest developed countries respectively.
“The relationship between the two countries can affect the future of the world,” he said. When China and America cooperate, then both the countries as well as the world will benefit from it and if there is a situation of conflict between China and America, then both the countries as well as the whole world will suffer.
He said China and the United States need to show a broader perspective and fulfill important responsibilities in the face of many common challenges facing the international community.
The spokesman said that the two presidents agreed that China-US relations and in-depth dialogue between them on key international issues is very important for bilateral relations to move in the right direction.
China has repeatedly resisted US pressure, saying Beijing may continue widespread non-cooperation until Biden stops criticizing China’s internal affairs.
During Biden’s nearly eight-month tenure, he and his allies attempted to communicate with China on a number of troubling issues and seek common ground for other issues, but this proved to be a futile strategy.
AP Shafeeq Madhav