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“Bloomberg” agency, citing sources, said that US Presidents Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are preparing to make their first phone call after Biden took office on Wednesday evening, Washington time.
The White House did not comment on this information.
And the new US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had previously telephoned the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese Communist Party Yang Jiechi, but the contact did not lead to easing tensions between Washington and Beijing, according to Bloomberg sources.
Biden and Xi Jinping, who met many times when Biden was vice president, spoke in their statements of their hope to find common ground, especially on climate change, but Biden and his team hinted that Washington’s policies have not changed radically compared to the policies of the previous US administration.
This comes against the backdrop of Biden’s announcement of the Pentagon’s intention to form a special working group to prepare recommendations on policies towards China.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that China represents the “greatest challenge” to the United States.