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Xi-Biden call helps calm tension but differences remain

US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke on the phone on July 28, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The call between the presidents of China and the United States may have helped in lowering the temperature amid strained bilateral ties and tensions over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan, but hardening differences will remain a major obstacle to the relationship.

Mr Xi Jinping, in the call on Thursday (July 28) night, told his counterpart Joe Biden that he disagrees with the American characterisation of China as a strategic competitor and primary rival posing the most serious long-term challenge to the US.

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