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Biden, Xi Seek Cooperation in Longer-Than-Expected Summit

  • U.S. president says leaders have a duty to avoid conflict
  • Xi calls Biden ‘old friend,’ looks to ‘build consensus’
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WATCH: Biden and Xi spoke on the need for cooperation in their first face-to-face virtual summit.Source: Bloomberg
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U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke of the need for cooperation in their first face-to-face summit, which went on longer than expected even though they announced no major breakthroughs.

The video conference lasted for more than three hours, with the two leaders covering a range of topics including trade, the status of Taiwan and human rights. A senior administration official afterward described the tone as respectful and open, with the conversation focused on action to manage the long-term competition between the world’s biggest economies.