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Biden Calls Xi Over U.S. Frustration With Dead-End Talks

  • Biden seeks personal engagement as lower-level efforts falter
  • Leaders last spoke in February, may seek meeting at G-20
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WATCH: Biden has called China’s Xi over his frustration with dead-end talks between the countries. Stephen Engle reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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President Joe Biden urged China’s Xi Jinping to cooperate on key issues even as they spar on other topics, as his administration grows frustrated over what it perceives as a lack of seriousness in Beijing’s engagement with American officials.

The leaders of the world’s biggest economies spoke by telephone for 90 minutes on Thursday night, their first discussion since February. It came as the relationship becomes increasingly adversarial, with a senior administration official telling reporters that Biden initiated the call after meetings involving his cabinet officials and Chinese counterparts over the past months remained unfruitful.