Xi, Biden Hold Talks Over Phone, Discuss China-US Relations, Issues of Common Concern

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Last Updated: April 02, 2024, 21:37 IST

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Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. (Photo: AP file)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will pay separate visits to China shortly as the world's two largest economies seek stabler ties, a US official said

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden held a phone call Tuesday as Washington and Beijing seek to stabilise relations after years of tensions. This is the first conversation between the two leaders since their historic in-person summit in November.

“The two heads of state had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on China-US relations and issues of common concern to the two sides,” state broadcaster CCTV said.

The call comes amid heavy global turbulence – the ongoing wars in Gaza and Ukraine, as well as North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, were expected to be topics of discussion. Other issues that have strained the Washington-Beijing relationship were also expected to come up, including Taiwan, China’s recent provocations in the South China Sea and Beijing’s human rights abuses.

Meanwhile, a US official said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will pay separate visits to China shortly.

“We will continue to advance our interests through cabinet level diplomacy, including visits to the PRC by Secretary of the Treasury Yellen in the coming days and Secretary of State Blinken in the coming weeks,” said the official.

(With inputs from AP, AFP)

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