Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by phone with US President Joe Biden this week at the American president’s request. The two presidents had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on China-US relations and issues of mutual interest.

President Xi noted that his meeting in San Francisco with President Biden last November opened a future-oriented vision. In recent months, his officials have acted seriously in accordance with presidential understandings. The China-US relationship is beginning to stabilize, and this is welcomed by societies and the international community. On the other hand, negative factors in the relationship are also growing and this requires attention from both sides.

Xi emphasized that the issue of strategic perception is always fundamental to the China-US relationship, like the first button on a shirt that must be fixed. Two major countries like China and the United States should not cut their ties or turn their backs on each other, much less fall into conflict or confrontation. The two countries must respect each other, coexist in peace and pursue mutually beneficial cooperation. Relations must continue to move forward in a stable, solid and sustainable way, rather than backwards.

President Biden reiterated that the United States does not seek a new Cold War, its goal is not to change China’s system, its alliances are not directed against China, the U.S. does not support “Taiwan independence,” and the U.S. does not seek conflict with China. The US follows the one-China policy. It is in the world’s interest for China to succeed. The US does not want to restrict China’s development and does not seek “decoupling” from China. The US will soon send Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to visit China to strengthen dialogue and communication, avoid miscalculations and promote cooperation, so as to advance the relationship in a way stable and jointly respond to global challenges.


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