Mr. Biden underscored “his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan,” according to the White House.
The two also spoke about the coronavirus pandemic, global health security, climate change, and weapons proliferation.
Mr. Biden also affirmed his priority to preserve a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to a readout from the White House.
“He doesn’t have — I don’t mean as a criticism, just a reality — he doesn’t have a democratic, ‘small d’ bone in his body,” Mr. Biden said of Mr. Xi. “The question is, and I’ve said to him all along, that we need not have a conflict but there’s going to be extreme competition.”
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