US President Joe Biden held talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday night. The two world leaders spoke for more than three hours via a video link. It was the first time the two had seen each other since Biden’s presidency began.
The aim of the consultations was to improve the relationship between the US and China and to reduce the risk of conflict.
It is unknown what exactly the two discussed. According to the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, the presidents had a “complete and in-depth discussion and exchange of views on strategic, comprehensive and fundamental issues”.
At the beginning of the consultation, which was attended by journalists, Biden said he wanted an “open and honest discussion”. He also said he wanted to talk about human rights, China’s economic policies and free navigation in the South China Sea. Afterwards, the White House reported that the two had also discussed North Korea.
Xi called Biden “his old friend” and pushed for better communication between China and the US and better cooperation. As the world’s two largest economies and permanent members of the UN Security Council, the Chinese president said they are obliged to do so. Chinese state media reported after the meeting that Xi is said to have told the world is big enough for both countries. The presidents are also said to have talked about Taiwan.