On Thursday, US President Joe Biden spoke by phone with China’s leader Xi Jinping ending a nearly seven-month gap in direct communication between the leaders of the world’s two largest economies. The phone call, which was initiated by Mr Biden,
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his United States counterpart Joe Biden spoke on the phone on Friday (Sept 10) – their first conversation in seven months – as they sought ways to stabilise the relationship between their countries.
During the call, which Beijing characterised as “candid, in-depth and extensive”, Mr Xi said both countries should show “strategic courage and political resolve to push China-US relations back onto the right track of stable development as soon as possible”.
He pointed out that the bilateral relations were facing “serious difficulties”, attributing this to US policies toward China.
“Whether China and the United States can handle their relations well is of great concern to the future and fate of the world. It is the question of the century that the two countries must answer,” Mr Xi said, according to a Chinese statement of the call.
He added that cooperation would benefit both countries and the world, while confrontation would bring disaster.