Biden and Xi Jinping on the phone amid global tensions: “Frank and in-depth exchange of views”

Biden and Xi Jinping on the phone amid global tensions: “Frank and in-depth exchange of views”
Biden and Xi Jinping on the phone amid global tensions: “Frank and in-depth exchange of views”
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US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held telephone calls on Tuesday with the aim of keeping tensions between the two superpowers under control.

“The two heads of state had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on Sino-US relations and issues of common interest to both sides,” Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will go to China “in the coming days” and Secretary of State Antony Blinken “in the coming weeks” to continue dialogue, a senior White House official said.

Draw up a balance sheet

The source, who wished to remain anonymous, indicated that the conversation between the two leaders was not intended to make announcements but to take stock after their meeting last November in California. The summit allowed the dialogue to be resumed after a period of great tension in early 2023, after a Chinese balloon flew over US territory. Although dialogue has been restored, there is no shortage of reasons for friction between China and the United States.

The United States is “quite concerned” about Beijing’s economic and industrial support for Moscow, the source said. Other difficult topics include Taiwan, territorial rivalry in the South China Sea and China’s ties with Iran, as well as economics, trade and high-tech.

However, in November, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping pledged to restore regular military communications between their countries and cooperate on the environment, the fight against drug trafficking and the development of AI.

The article is in Dutch

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