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US-China tensions

Xi and Biden double down on Taiwan positions in 'candid' talks

Leaders discuss chance of face-to-face meeting during 2-hour call

The two leaders have spoken several times since Biden took office in January 2021. (Source photos by Getty Images)

SHANGHAI/NEW YORK -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Joe Biden hammered on their positions regarding Taiwan in talks lasting more than two hours Thursday, with Xi warning the U.S. not to "play with fire."

Seeing China as the main U.S. rival is misleading, and the countries should maintain communication at all levels, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reports Xi as saying in talks that the two sides variously described as "candid" and "honest and direct."

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