On Friday, Joe Biden, the US President, and Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, held a “broad strategic discussion” in which they discussed issues of mutual interest.
The White House stated that they talked about “areas where we have common interests” and “areas in which our values and perspectives differ”.
“They agreed that they would engage in open and direct discussion on both sets of topics.” According to the White House, the discussions were part of Washington’s ongoing effort “responsibly manage competition” between the US US and China.
It added that President Biden had stressed the US’ long-term interest in peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, the world, and the leaders discussed the responsibility of the leaders to ensure that competition does not turn into conflict.
Beijing’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the leaders had “had candid, deep and extensive strategic communication and exchanges about China-US relations, and pertinent issues of mutual concern”.
Xi said that their ability to manage their relationship well has a bearing on the future of the globe. It was a question of the century, which it stated.
“China and the US face many common challenges. They need to show broad visions and shoulder great responsibilities,” he stated. Xi was quoted saying that on the basis of respecting one another’s core concerns, and properly managing differences the two countries could continue their engagement to improve coordination and cooperation on issues such as climate change, Covid-19 response, economic recovery, as well as other major international and regional problems.