US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in talks on Monday that nuclear weapons should never be used anywhere, including Ukraine.
According to the AFP news agency, the White House said in a statement that President Biden and President Xi reiterated their agreement that a nuclear war should never happen or be won.
According to the statement, the two presidents clarified their position against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict.
The Ukraine war was expected to be the topic of discussion in Biden’s first public meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit with President Xi since taking office.
The two presidents shook hands at the start of the meeting, during which Biden said the superpowers have a responsibility to show the world that they can manage their differences and prevent competition from turning into conflict.
According to the White House statement, President Biden told the Chinese president that the United States will continue to compete vigorously with China “but this competition should never turn into a conflict.”
The White House says President Biden objected to China’s “escalating aggressive actions” against Taiwan.
President Biden’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart lasted for three hours.
The US president told his counterpart that the world should encourage North Korea to take ‘responsible action’.
On the other hand, China says that in the meeting, President Xi told his American counterpart that his country is “deeply concerned” about the situation in Ukraine.
According to the statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, “President Xi pointed out that China is very concerned about the current situation in Ukraine.”
According to the statement, President Xi said that Chinese officials not only look forward to the resumption of dialogue between Ukraine and Russia, but also support it.