In the second call in a week, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. As per the White House, Biden and Jinping discussed global health security, climate change, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The White House in a statement on Tuesday said, “President Biden spoke today with President Xi Jinping of China. He affirmed his priorities of protecting the American people’s security, prosperity, health, and way of life, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
President Biden spoke today with President Xi Jinping of China. He affirmed his priorities of protecting the American people’s security, prosperity, health, and way of life, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific: The White House
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US President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China also exchanged views on countering the Covid-19 pandemic, and the shared challenges of global health security, climate change, and preventing weapons proliferation, the White House added.
President Joe Biden had the first call as the US President with China’s Xi Jinping on February 11. Following the two-hour maiden call, China had said the long call was s “a very positive message” and showed “in-depth communication”.
Amid strained ties with China which suffered when Donald Trump was at the helm of affairs in the US, Joe Biden had pressed the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing’s crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong as well as human rights concerns.
A White House statement said Biden raised concerns about Beijing’s “coercive and unfair economic practices.” Biden also pressed Xi on Hong Kong, human rights abuses against Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang province, and its actions toward Taiwan.
In an exchange with reporters a day later, Joe Biden described his talk with Xi Jinping as a good conversation.
The US President, however, expressed concern that Beijing will build an advantage as an economic competitor if the US doesn’t move quickly to bolster the nation’s infrastructure, including highways, bridges and public transportation.