U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke by phone on Tuesday with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping during which they discussed regional and global developments, it was announced in Washington Wednesday.
The Office of the Vice President said in a statement that “following up on their discussions during Vice President Biden’s August trip to China, the two leaders previewed the agenda for Vice President Xi’s visit to the U.S. next week.”
The statement added that they also discussed “a broad range of economic and trade issues and regional and global developments.”
Biden “emphasized the importance of building a U.S.-China relationship that addresses practical issues important to both countries, and expressed support for efforts during Vice President Xi’s visit to further develop bilateral cooperation,” the statement noted.
The Chinese Vice President, who will take over the presidency from Hu Jintao next year, is scheduled to visit the U.S. next week, where he is expected to hold a meeting with President Barack Obama on February 14.