Biden Sets ‘Guardrails’ in Call with Xi Jinping

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President Biden spoke with China‘s President Xi Jinping by phone Thursday night, aiming to set “guardrails and parameters” in the U.S.-China relationship to ensure that while the two nations are in “stiff competition,” they do not “veer into conflict,” senior Biden administration officials said.

The White House late Thursday said Biden and Xi had a “broad, strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where our interests converge, and areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge.”

“They agreed to engage on both sets of issues openly and straightforwardly,” the White House said.

Biden “made clear” that the discussion was “part of the United States’ ongoing effort to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the PRC,” the statement said, using the abbreviation for the People’s Republic of China.

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