The Presidents of the United States, Joe Biden, e da China, Xi Jinping, spoke for 90 minutes on Thursday, in their first conversation in seven months, discussing the need to ensure that competition between the world’s two largest economies does not turn into conflict.
In a statement, the White House said Biden and Xi had “a broad and strategic discussion,” including areas where interests and values converge and diverge. The conversation focused on economic issues, climate change and Covid-19, a US official told reporters.
“President Biden highlighted America’s continuing interest in peace, stability and prosperity … in the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both countries to ensure that competition does not turn into conflict,” the White House added.
Occasional high-level encounters since Xi and Biden’s first phone call in February have yielded little progress on issues ranging from human rights to transparency and the origins of Covid-19.
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