In phone call, Joe Biden tells Xi Jinping of China competition should not ‘veer into conflict’

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday spoke with President Xi Jinping, telling the Chinese leader competition should not “veer into conflict.”

President Xi Jinping of China: Photo - Michel Temer 
President Xi Jinping of China: Photo – Michel Temer

“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,” the White House 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.”

Their discussion, according to the White House, was “broad” and “strategic,” and centered on mutual interests but also on “areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge.”

The United States and China have been engaged in a brutal competition across the world, including in Africa where Chinese investments are increasing daily.

Chinese contracts in Africa often contain hidden clauses and lack the type of transparency needed for proper accountability.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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