China's President Xi and US President Biden spoke on a phone call

Author: Eamonn Sheridan | Category: News

White House 'readout' of the call to come - first call between the two since February. 

Before I post the summary, its a disgrace these two have not been in contact since then. 

Headlines via Reuters, comments from a senior US administration official

  • says Biden-Xi call a test of whether direct leader-level engagement can move relations forward
  • says lower-level talks with China have not been fruitful
  • Biden call with Xi not intended to discuss "costs" for Beijing's lack of cooperation
  • Biden knows history will judge him and Xi by how they manage US-China competition and he takes this seriously
  • says US will not trade away progress on transnational issues with china for something that's not in interests of American people
  • US not seeking specific outcomes or agreements from Biden-Xi call, but broad, strategic discussion about how to manage the competition
  • Biden and Xi had "a broad, strategic discussion"
  • "discussed areas where our interests converge, and areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge" 
  • Biden "underscored the United States' enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific"
  • Biden-Xi call is a test of whether direct leader-level engagement can move relations forward.

  • "discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict"

White House 'readout' of the call to come - first call between the two since February. 

That summary above is via the White House, we await China's readout of the call, it may have different emphases. 

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