US President Joe Biden discussed responsible management of US-China competition and maintenance of communication channels when he received Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Jie on Friday.
According to a statement issued by the White House, the US President stressed during the meeting that the United States and China must work together to confront global challenges. According to the White House’s previous announcement, Wang Jie will also hold a meeting with Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, on Friday, also in the spirit of keeping communication channels open.
In a press conference on Friday, the National Security Council coordinator explained the meeting between the president and the Chinese Foreign Minister, saying that the competition between the two superpowers is intense, which calls for intense diplomacy.
John Kirby said the meeting lasted for an hour, and the US side discussed the recent incident over the South China Sea, when a Chinese fighter plane came dangerously close to a US Air Force plane.
In response to a question from a White House official, he said that there is nothing that can be announced at the present time regarding the scheduled meeting between Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
According to the Chinese President, the world needs international cooperation. Xi Jinping spoke about this during his meeting with American billionaire Bill Gates. He explained that China’s development would not mean the emergence of a new hegemonic power, but that his country would work in cooperation with other countries for development.
The Chinese Foreign Minister held talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday, which reportedly covered a wide range of bilateral relations as well as global issues.
The two ministers tried to find possible areas of cooperation in addition to the existing differences.
Meanwhile, Gavin Newsom, the Democratic governor of California, met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing this week, who, according to the official statement, discussed possibilities for cooperation and urged joint action against climate change.