Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (left) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 4, 2013.
Lintao Zhang | Reuters
BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden spoke on Friday for the first time since February.
This is the second call between leaders since Biden took office in January, as tensions between the world’s two largest economies continue to mount.
President Biden underscored the United States’ enduring interest in peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and around the world, and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of the two countries to ensure the competitiveness, ”said the White House. A reading of the appeal launched Friday morning.
Chinese state media quickly upheld the call.
Xi said in the report that, “on the basis of respecting each other’s fundamental concerns and appropriately managing differences,” the relevant departments of the two countries on climate, COVID prevention, economic recovery and cooperation on key international and regional issues can be linked.
He said that if there was a “showdown” between China and the United States, “the country and the world would suffer,” while if the two countries worked together, everyone would benefit. This is according to the CNBC translation of the Chinese text.
The state media report also details some of Biden’s comments, including a remark that: “The two countries have no reason to clash because of the competition.”
The two leaders last spoke to each other just before Lunar New Year – China’s most important holiday – in February during a call Biden said lasted two hours.
Friday’s call, which lasted around 90 minutes, touched on a range of international issues and economic concerns, although this aspect of U.S.-China policy is under review, Reuters said citing a senior official with the US administration. Said. The official said the two leaders are able to be open and honest with each other without giving a speech.
The official said in the report that America’s focus should be on uniting allies and allies.
The two countries form regional alliances
Biden’s strategy for dealing with China has focused on working with traditional allies of the United States. The previous Trump administration took a more singular approach by imposing tariffs and sanctions on China in an attempt to address long-standing complaints from companies about unequal market access and forced technology transfers.
The geopolitical landscape has become more complex with the American withdrawal from Afghanistan this summer and the rise of the Taliban in the region which shares a border with China.
In recent months, China and the United States have redoubled their efforts to forge political and economic ties with regional partners.
Xi said at a virtual meeting of the five BRICS countries – China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa and India – on Thursday that Beijing will chair the BRICS summit next year and looks forward to working more with member countries, according to official media. Is.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired this year’s meeting.
This fall, India will join the United States, Japan and Australia for a face-to-face meeting of the so-called Quad leaders. Reports say the rally could take place as early as this month.