Amidst Global Tensions, Biden And Xi Spoke For The First Time Since Their November Summit

As part of continuous attempts by US and Chinese officials to ease tensions between the two countries, President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping spoke over the phone on Tuesday. This was their first call since their historic in-person summit in November.

The contact was made during severe worldwide unrest; subjects discussed included North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and the continuing conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine. The conversation also touched on other problems that have soured relations between Washington and Beijing, such as Taiwan, China’s recent provocations in the South China Sea, and Beijing’s violations of human rights. 

Biden Says That The US Would Be Taking All Necessary Measures 

According to a White House statement, the two leaders also spoke about a variety of areas where US and Chinese officials see potential for collaboration, such as combating drug abuse, the rapidly developing field of artificial intelligence, and climate change.

The leaders argued and agreed upon several topics during the one-hour and forty-five-minute talk, which the White House termed as “candid and constructive.” As the White House said, Biden emphasized the significance of preserving “peace and stability” across the Taiwan Strait and expressed his worries about China’s backing of Russia’s defense sector. As he expressed his concerns, Biden also said how the US will take all necessary measures to prevent “advanced US technologies from being used to undermine our national security, without unduly limiting trade and investment.” The White House claimed that China’s trade policies hurt American workers.