The White House reported that President Joe Biden held a conversation with the leader of China’s Communist Party, Xi Jinping, seeking to ensure that the two nations “do not come into conflict.”
In a statement, the White House said the two leaders discussed “the responsibility of both nations to ensure that competition does not escalate into conflict.”
“This discussion, as President Biden made clear, was part of the ongoing U.S. effort to responsibly manage competition between the United States and the People’s Republic of China,” the statement said.
This is the second call held with China since Biden took office, and comes at a time of rising tensions between the two countries.
“The two leaders had a broad and strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where our interests converge and areas where our interests, values and perspectives diverge,” the White House said in this regard.
For his part, according to Chinese officials, Xi Jinping pointed out the “serious difficulties” that the relationship with the Americans has faced, and that “the future of the world” depends on how it is handled.
“When China and the United States cooperate, the two countries and the world will benefit; when China and the United States clash, the two countries and the world will suffer,” reads the communist Chinese Foreign Ministry statement. “Getting the relationship right is not optional, but something we must do and we must do it right,” it concludes.