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    Xi, Harris call for open channels in latest US-China meeting

    AFP – Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States (US) Vice President Kamala Harris called for open communication during a brief meeting yesterday, days after his extensive talks with US President Joe Biden aimed at keeping tensions in check.

    Harris and Xi met during an Asia-Pacific summit in Bangkok.

    Speaking to Xi on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Harris reinforced Biden’s message that “we must maintain open lines of communication to responsibly manage the competition between our countries”, a White House official said.

    Chinese state media quoted Xi as telling Harris that his meeting with Biden was “strategic and constructive, and has important guiding significance for China-US relations in the next stage”.

    “It is hoped that the two sides will further enhance mutual understanding, reduce misunderstanding and misjudgement, and jointly promote the return of China-US relations to a healthy and stable track,” added Xi, who is on only his second overseas trip since the pandemic.

    Xi and Biden agreed that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit China early next year, the first visit by a top US diplomat since 2018.

    ABOVE & BELOW: Chinese President Xi Jinping; and United States Vice President Kamala Harris. PHOTOS: AP

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