Source Title: what’s the practice of phone calls among world leaders?
[Global Times reporter Wang CE] it’s not easy for leaders to get on the phone by shaving their heads. They can get on the phone by picking up the phone. Most of them have a set of mature procedures. Usually, one party passes the formal call request, including time and topic, to the foreign department of the other party through the foreign department, and the leaders of the two countries can be arranged to talk on the phone only after the other party agrees.
If both sides agree to call, then move on to the next stage. The foreign office will be well prepared for the call. In the United States, the White House National Security Council, the main advisory body on national security and foreign policy, will provide the president with a reference before the call. If it’s just a courtesy call, the information provided may be the most basic, such as the other party’s personal information and two or three recommended conversation points. If it is a sensitive topic, the NSC will provide additional briefing to the president.
In addition to file preparation, hardware security should also be ensured. The phone calls of state leaders must be strictly reviewed, otherwise they are easy to make international jokes. In 2003, a radio station in Miami teased two heads of state, Hugo Chavez, then Venezuelan President, and Fidel Castro, his close ally and former Cuban leader. The station first pretended to be Castro to call Chavez, and then pretended to be Chavez to call Castro.
Leaders usually talk around recent or important issues, which may be ceremonial congratulations or exchange views on important international and regional issues. After the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, President Xi Jinping made a total of 51 calls from foreign heads of state from January 22nd to mid May. He maintained close communication with leaders of various countries on the epidemic and timely transmitted the progress of China’s epidemic to the international community, showing the responsibility and responsibility of the great powers. In addition, the leader’s call also reflects the new trend of current foreign policy to a certain extent.