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Washington/Beijing: US President Joe Biden and his Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first conference call as leaders. Biden said that a free and open Indo-Pacific is a top priority, and Xi Jinping warned that confrontation would be a “disaster” for both countries.

The White House said in a statement that Biden also emphasized his “basic fundamentals of coercive and unfair practices against Beijing, the suppression of Hong Kong, human rights violations in Xinjiang, and the increasing confidence in actions in the region, including Taiwan. Concern”.

Xi Jinping told Biden that the standoff would be a “disaster.” According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a conference call, the two sides should re-establish means to avoid misjudgments. The call occurred on Thursday morning Beijing time, but in Beijing. Time Wednesday night. United States.

Chinese leaders maintain a tough attitude towards Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan. Xi Jinping told Biden about the issue of “sovereignty and territorial integrity” and he hopes the United States will treat it with caution.

The Taiwanese government complains that China has repeatedly conducted military exercises near this democratic island of China. I thank Biden for his concern.

This is the first phone call between Xi Jinping and the President of the United States since talking to former President Donald Trump in March last year. Since then, the relationship between the two countries has fallen to its lowest level in decades, and Trump blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the Trump administration, the United States took a series of actions against China, including a trade war and sanctions on Chinese officials and companies, who were seen as security threats and challenged Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Xi Jinping congratulated Biden on his election in November news, even though Biden once called him a “thug” during the campaign and vowed to lead an international effort to “pressure, isolate and punish China.”

Chinese officials expressed cautious optimism that bilateral relations under Biden’s leadership would improve, and urged Washington to meet with Beijing halfway through.

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