China vs USA: The four things we learnt from Biden's call with Xi Jinping

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Talks between the US and the Chinese leaders took in a whole host of key issues relating to both. On the agenda were a number of sensitive topics including Taiwan, human rights abuses and trade but what specifically did the two leaders say during the summit?

Late last night US and Chinese leaders, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping spoke for just the third time since Mr Biden’s inauguration, in a virtual summit that lasted three and a half hours.

It was hoped the meeting would help to ease tensions between the two world powers.

Initially, warm greetings were exchanged by both men, with Mr Xi admitting he was “very happy to see my old friend” Mr Biden.

Mr Biden said that “we’ve spent an awful lot of time talking to one another, and I hope we can have a candid conversation tonight”.

President Xi added the US and China needed to improve “communication” and face challenges “together”.

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US-Chinese trade

Trade was mentioned by Mr Biden, who highlighted the “need to protect American workers and industries from the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China’s) unfair trade and economic practices”.

Reuters reported that Mr Xi also had strong comments to make on the issue stating that the US needed to cease “abusing the concept of national security to oppress Chinese companies”.

Climate Change

Last week the US and China surprised many when they issued a joint declaration to address climate change during COP26 talks.

A week on and the conversation was brought up again as to how the two countries can further cooperate to help tackle the issue.

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