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Biden, China’s Leader Discussed Conflicts


President Biden and Xi Jinping, China’s leader, discussed issues both cooperative and combative during a rare telephone conversation yesterday. The call was an attempt to buoy a relationship that hit a decades-long low last year.

Biden brought up China’s support for Russia in the war in Ukraine, fighting narcotics production, the Middle East conflict, North Korea’s nuclear program and TikTok. He also raised the issue of China’s aggression toward Taiwan and in the South China Sea.

Xi criticized U.S. measures to suppress China’s economy, science and technology and called for “concrete actions” from the U.S. to show that the country would not support Taiwan’s independence, according to a Chinese summary of the call.

In another news, Janet Yellen, the U.S. treasury secretary, heads to China this week for economic talks, and Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, will follow soon after.

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