U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke on the phone for the first time in seven months on Thursday, as the two sides seek strategic ways to manage their growing rivalry.
The 90-minute talk was initiated by Biden, who, the White House says, had become "exasperated" by a lack of progress at a working-level.
Both sides said, they were "broad and strategic" discussions covering their mutual interests, as well as areas where they diverge.
But during the talks, they largely came together on one thing -- more dialogue.
The White House said, the two sides have agreed to engage "openly and straightforwardly" on a range of issues, to make sure that "competition does not veer into conflict".
According to Xinhua news, Biden also told Xi, that the U.S. has no intention of changing the one-China principle largely seen as his efforts to confirm their mutual interest.
Xi said both sides should work together, not just to benefit themselves but the whole world -- namely on COVID-19, climate change and other international issues.
Xi added that 'how to maintain good ties' is a question that must be answered given the massive influence of the two world powers.
However, in what both sides described as "candid" conversation, realistic hurdles were revealed too.
Xi said, China could remain broadly uncooperative until Biden dials down his criticism on what Beijing deems as "Chinese internal matters."
And the U.S. also addressed cyber espionage, as it made clear its stance to openly and straightforwardly address areas where the two are at odds.
It remains to be seen, though, whether Thursday's talks could lead to more substantive working-level discussions to tackling issues of tension.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.