US President Joe Biden said it is essential he and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have a frank understanding of each other as they begin a high-stakes summit in California.
I think it's paramount that you and I understand each other clearly leader to leader, with no misconceptions or miscommunication," Biden told Xi as the summit got underway.
Biden said competition between US and China could not tilt toward conflict and added that his past meetings with Xi had been "candid, straightforward and useful."
"As always, there is no substitute to face to face discussions. I've always found our discussions straightforward and frank," Biden said.
Biden said the leaders had a responsibility to their populations to work together, including on issues of climate change, countering narcotics trafficking and approaching artificial intelligence.