Biden and China's Xi speak by phone for first time since February

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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool//File Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden spoke by phone with China's leader Xi Jinping on Thursday, the White House said, ending a nearly seven-month gap in direct communication between the leaders of the world's two largest economies.

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