A confrontation between China and the United States would be a disaster, so the two countries must do the whole lot in their power to prevent further expulsion.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told his American counterpart, Joe Biden, in the first telephone conversation between the leaders.
Thursday’s phone call was the first since Biden took office and comes when Beijing and Washington are at odds over issues such as trade, Hong Kong, the South China Sea, Taiwan and the human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
The Chinese president said during the conversation that cooperation is the only choice and that the two countries must resolve the disputes constructively.
He also argued that Beijing and Washington should re-establish different dialogue forms to understand each other’s intentions and avoid misunderstandings, Chinese state television reports.
Xi told Biden that he hopes the United States will be cautious on matters related to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang associated with China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to a report of the talks released on Chinese state television Thursday shown.