Washington: President Joe Biden on Thursday discussed over phone with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping the issue of competition that exists between Beijing and the US, read a statement issued by the White House.
"President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The two leaders had a broad, strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where our interests converge, and areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge," read a statement issued by he White House.
"They agreed to engage on both sets of issues openly and straightforwardly. This discussion, as President Biden made clear, was part of the United States’ ongoing effort to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the PRC," it said.
"President Biden underscored the United States’ enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict," read the statement.
China and the US have been engaged in verbal barbs over numerous issues in recent years.