US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had their first telephone conversation on February 10. It is evident that while their phone engagement was expansive (two hours) and courteous, there is no radical change in US policy towards China.The White House statement noted that Biden reiterated the US commitment to “preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific”. This was evident in US naval deployment – two US aircraft carrier groups conducted joint exercises in the South China Sea…


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