April 19, 2024

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A reading of President Joe Biden's call with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China

A reading of President Joe Biden's call with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China. This call follows the leaders' meeting in Woodside, California, in November 2023. The two leaders held a frank and constructive discussion on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including areas of cooperation and areas of disagreement. They reviewed and encouraged progress on key issues discussed at the Woodside Summit, including anti-drug cooperation, continued communication between the two militaries, talks to address risks related to artificial intelligence, continuing efforts on climate change and people-to-people exchanges.

President Biden stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, the rule of law, and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. He raised concerns about the People's Republic of China's support for Russia's defense industrial base and its impact on European and transatlantic security, and stressed the United States' enduring commitment to a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. President Biden also raised ongoing concerns about the People's Republic of China's unfair trade policies and non-market economic practices, which harm American workers and families. The President stressed that the United States will continue to take necessary measures to prevent the use of advanced American technologies to undermine our national security, without unjustifiably restricting trade and investment. The two leaders welcomed continued efforts to maintain open channels of communication and responsibly manage the relationship through high-level diplomacy and working-level consultations in the coming weeks and months, including during upcoming visits by Secretary Yellen and Secretary Blinken.

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