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US, Chinese leaders point to inadmissibility of nuclear weapons use in Ukraine

China’s leader said he hoped that the two leaders would manage to hold a substantive exchange of opinions on various issues of China-US relations during the talks

WASHINGTON, November 14. /TASS/. President of the United States Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping discussed Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine during their bilateral meeting, held on Monday on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Indonesia, and reiterated the inadmissibility of the use of nuclear weapons during this conflict, the White House said in a statement.

"President Biden and President Xi reiterated their agreement that a nuclear war should never be fought and can never be won and underscored their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine," the statement reads.

The statement from the White House also pointed out that President Biden voiced concerns "about the DPRK’s provocative behavior, noted all members of the international community have an interest in encouraging the DPRK to act responsibly, and underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to defending our Indo-Pacific Allies."

The US and Chinese leaders held their Bali meeting in the run-up to the G20 summit. As China’s central television reported, the meeting lasted over three and a half hours.

Before the start of his first face-to-face talks with the Chinese leader as the head of state, Biden said that the world expected the United States and China to play a key role in responding to global challenges, including climate change and the food crisis.

China’s leader said he hoped that the two leaders would manage to hold a substantive exchange of opinions on various issues of China-US relations during the talks.