The president’s national security adviser commented on the virtual summit of Biden and Jinping.

President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said Tuesday that U.S. interaction with China will be intensified at several levels in order to ensure that competition between the two powers does not escalate into conflict. A few hours after the virtual summit between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Sullivan, speaking at a webinar at the Brookings Institution, said that the two leaders agreed that they would “strive to continue discussing strategic stability.”

“President Biden discussed with President Xi the need for a set of discussions on strategic stability… which should be directed by leaders and conducted by groups on both sides, endowed with great powers, combining the spheres of security, technology, and diplomacy,” Sullivan said.

“You will see increased interaction at several levels to ensure that there are barriers around this competition designed to prevent it from leading to conflict,” the national security adviser explained.

The virtual meeting between Biden and Xi lasted about three and a half hours, but apparently little was done during the conversation to reduce the differences that raised fears of a possible conflict between the two countries.

The U.S. planned this meeting as the most in-depth exchange of views between the two leaders since Biden came to power. They saw it as a way to stabilize bilateral relations.

During the conversation, President Biden sought to put pressure on the Chinese leader on issues related to human rights.