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US and China should continue talks to avoid conflict

Upcoming Quad leaders' summit offers chance to better engage with Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping and then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden walk together at Andrews Air Force Base, in the U.S. state of Maryland, in 2015. The two leaders have agreed to keep communications open despite simmering tensions between the countries.   © AP

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping recently had their first phone conversation in seven months. This is a welcome development, as maintaining frank dialogue between the two opposing leaders is key to avoiding inadvertent incidents.

During the 90-minute call on Sept. 9, Biden discussed ways to put U.S.-China relations back on track while avoiding misunderstandings and unforeseen conflicts. However, it appears the U.S. administration will keep its competitive policies in place.

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