China’s President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump held a phone call early on Friday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

The contact between the leaders came as the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surged past China’s tally, making it the worst-affected country in the world.

In a tweet, Trump termed the phone conversation “very good”, while conveying his respect for China’s battle against COVID-19 and claiming that the two sides “are working closely together.”

“Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large

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