Biden, Johnson discuss China's Belt and Road

US President Joe Biden has suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that democratic countries should create a program similar to China's Belt and Road initiative to help develop countries in need.

The leaders spoke by telephone on Friday.

Biden said after the talks that the Chinese initiative was among topics of discussion.

He said, "I suggested we should have, essentially, a similar initiative, pulling from the democratic states, helping those communities around the world that, in fact, need help."

Biden did not go into details. But the US apparently aims to work with Britain and other democracies in a move against China to assist developing countries.

The Chinese initiative supports infrastructure projects around the world. The US is increasingly cautious of Beijing's expanding influence.

The office of the British prime minister said Johnson and Biden had confirmed their countries and the European Union had imposed sanctions on Chinese interests over human rights issues in the country's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. They also reportedly expressed concern about Beijing's moves to counter the sanctions.