Chinese President Xi Jinping told US counterpart Joe Biden in a telephone call on Friday, America’s China policy has resulted in “serious difficulties” in bilateral ties and goes against the fundamental interests of the two countries and the common interests of the world.

Beijing said the phone call took place on Washington’s invitation. The last time the two leaders had spoken was on February 12. The conversation ended a 7 month gap in direct communication between the leaders of the world’s two largest economies.

Xi Jinping pointed out that whether “china and the US can handle their relationship well bears on the future of the world, and it is a question of the century to which the two countries must provide a good answer”.

Xi told Biden ,“The US’s China policy has resulted in serious difficulties in bilateral relations and runs counter to the fundamental interests of the peoples in the two countries and the common interests of all countries”.

A White House readout on the Biden Xi phone call said Washington and Beijing needed to ensure that “conflict” between the two countries is avoided.

Xi said ,“China and the US should show a broad perspective, shoulder big responsibilities, and bring bilateral relations back to the right track of steady development as soon as possible, so as to better benefit the people in both countries and around the world,”.

“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,” it said.

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