President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday spoke with President Xi Jinping of China, their first conversation since Mr. Biden moved to the White House.
“President Biden affirmed his priorities of protecting the American people’s security, prosperity, health, and way of life, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the White House said in a statement. “President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan.”
The two leaders also exchanged views on countering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shared challenges of global health security, climate change, and preventing weapons proliferation.
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“President Biden committed to pursuing practical, results-oriented engagements when it advances the interests of the American people and those of our allies,” the White House added.
President also shared his greetings and well wishes with the Chinese people on the occasion of Lunar New Year.