US/CHINA: Biden-Xi call suggests possibilities for progress

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US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone call on 10 February, the first direct contact between the US and Chinese heads of state since March 2020. As with last week's call between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Yang Jiechi, director of the Communist Party's Central Foreign Affairs Commission, the public readouts show little signs of progress in repairing the bilateral relationship. Indeed, the readouts barely even overlap in terms of the topics addressed, apart from mutual greetings for the Lunar New Year. The brief US statement emphasizes that Biden addres
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