Washington/Beijing: US President Joe Biden attended a virtual meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. During the much-anticipated talks between the two world leaders, Jinping said that “China and the United States need to increase communication and cooperation”.
The Chinese president called Biden an ‘old friend’ and stressed that he was ready to work with the new US president.
Amid heightened tensions in regards to Taiwan, South China Sea, trade and other flashpoint issues, Jinping told Biden that “humanity lives in a global village,” and nations must “face challenges together”.
Meanwhile, Biden told his Chinese counterpart that they both have a responsibility to ensure that relations between Washington and Beijing are cordial and both the nations do not indulge in open conflict.
“It seems to be our responsibility as the leaders of China and the United States to ensure that the competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended, rather than simple, straightforward competition,” Biden said at the meeting.
Both Biden and Jinping exchanged views on strategic issues concerning the future of their countries and issues of common concern
China and the US should respect each other, coexist peacefully, and cooperate for a win-win situation, Jinping told Biden.
“I stand ready to work with you, Mr. President, to build consensus, take active steps and move China-U.S. relations forward in a positive direction,” said Xi Jinping.
Notably, the Chinese president had skipped the recently held COP26 climate summit in Glasgow and the G20 summit in Rome. Biden had sharply criticised Jinping for his absence at the Summits.