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Biden, Xi discuss avoiding confrontation in second phone call of new U.S. administration

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden spoke for the first time since February on Friday.
  • A White House readout said "the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict."
  • Chinese state media said Xi spoke of conditional opportunities for cooperation between the two countries on climate, Covid prevention, economic recovery and major international and regional issues.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 4, 2013.Lintao Zhang | Reuters

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden spoke for the first time since February on Friday.

It marked the second call between the leaders since Biden took office in January, as tensions between the world's two largest economies simmer.

"President Biden underscored the United States' enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict," the White House said in a readout of the call released Friday morning.

Chinese state media confirmed the call shortly afterwards.

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