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Washington, Nov 16 : US President Joe Biden during his meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday (local time) emphasised on ensuring competition between the two countries in a responsible manner to avoid any conflict.
Both leaders began the virtual meeting by reiterating on the need to move forward the US-China relations in a “positive direction”.
“We’ve spent an awful lot of time talking to one another, and I hope we can have a candid conversation tonight as well,” Biden said while sitting at the head of the Roosevelt Room table.
During his opening remarks, he said, “Maybe I should start formally although you and I have never been that formal with one another.”
“Although it’s not as good as a face-to-face meeting,” Xi said, adding “I’m very happy to see my old friend.”
Though Biden and Xi have spoken twice over the phone, this is the first meeting between the two leaders since Joe Biden assumed office.
This is the highly-anticipated virtual meeting between Xi and Biden, where the latter is expected to “raise concerns” over China’s actions and insist on Beijing to play “same rules of the road”.
Speaking to the Chinese President through a translator, Biden reiterated that the US is only looking for a healthy competition between the two countries.
“As I’ve said before, it seems to me our responsibility as leaders of China and the United States is to ensure the competition between our two countries does not veer into conflict, either intended or unintended. Just simply straightforward competition,” he said.
He also urged Xi for an honest and direct discussion on the range of topics up during the meeting.
He said, “It seems to me we have to establish some common sense guardrails, to be clear and honest where we disagree and work together where our interests intersect…We never walk away wondering what the other man is thinking.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese President said the two countries need to improve “communication” and face challenges “together”.
According to CNN report, the talks amounted to some of the most critical of Biden’s presidency, given the deteriorating ties between Washington and Beijing and the reality, acknowledged by administration officials, that managing the US relationship with China will amount to Biden’s most critical international objective.
The US President also urged his Chinese counterpart to play by “same rules of the road.”
He said, “We have a responsibility for the world as well as for our people.
“That’s why we believe – and you and I have talked about this – all countries have to play by the same rules of the road, why the United States is always going to stand up for our interests and values, and those of our allies and partners.”
This meeting comes just few days after a fierce exchange of words between the two countries on Taiwan issue.
In past recent years, the ties between the world’s two largest economies have deteriorated over issues such as trade, military aggression and human rights.