President Biden holds talks with Chinese counterpart Xi
WASHINGTON/BEIJING (US/CHINA) – US President Joe Biden spoke over the telephone with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time and he said a free and open Indo-Pacific was a priority. On the other hand, Xi warned that confrontation would be a disaster for both countries.
Biden also stressed his concerns about China’s coercive and unfair practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang and assertive actions in the region, including Taiwan.
Xi said both sides should re-establish the means to do away with misjudgments.
With regard to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan, Xi maintained a hardline tone and he told Biden that he hoped the US will approach cautiously in matters regarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.
The telephone conversation was the first of its kind since former President Donald Trump spoke with Xi in March last year. Since then, ties between both nations have plummeted to their worst levels in decades.
During the earlier administration, Washington initiated a series of actions against Beijing, including a trade stand-off, sanctions against Chinese officials and companies perceived to be security threats.