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Biden praises Xi as 'smart, smart guy,' promises to 'hold China accountable'
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President Biden called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "smart, smart guy" during his Thursday press conference, even as he vowed to hold Beijing accountable for a multitude of human rights abuses and unfair trade practices.
Asked during his first formal news conference how he planned to address China and its growing status as a global economic powerhouse, Biden said he told Xi that he's "not looking for confrontation," but knows there will be "steep, steep competition."
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"We'll insist that China play by the international rules, fair competition, fair practices, fair trade," Biden said.
He spoke at length about what the U.S. needs to do in order to compete with China, including investing in American workers and science, reestablishing alliances with traditional U.S. allies and continuing to call attention to the human rights abuses in Beijing.
"We're going to hold China accountable to follow the rules," Biden said.