November 28, 2022

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Xi Jinping warns Joe Biden not to ‘play with fire’

“Those who play with fire will get burned,” the Chinese president told his US counterpart, replying that the US position on Taiwan “has not changed”.

Xi Jinping And Joe Biden gave a two-hour speech on Thursday, July 28.Honest and thorough”, the Chinese President warned his US President at the timeDon’t play with fire“About Taiwan, Chinese state media reported. “Those who play with fire will get burned“, Xi told Biden, as quoted by New China Institute. “I hope the American side fully understands this“, he added. According to the White House, Joe Biden responded to the US position on Taiwan “Not changed“, before adding it”The United States strongly opposes any unilateral efforts to alter or threaten the status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” said the US executive in a statement.

Maintenance for more than two hours

The White House said the fifth virtual summit between the two officials since Joe Biden took office a year and a half ago began at 8:33 a.m. local time (3:33 p.m. in France) and lasted more than two hours. ‘Clock. Beijing and Washington are already at odds over trade. The two world powers are now at odds with each other over Taiwan. China considers the island, with a population of 24 million, to be one of the most historically important provinces still unconnected with the rest of the country. Beijing opposes any attempt to grant international recognition to Taiwanese officials, opposes any official contact between Taiwan and other states, and therefore opposes a possible visit by Nancy Pelosi.

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White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said before the call that it would be on the agenda.Tensions surround China’s aggressive and coercive behavior in the Indo-Pacific region– a term used specifically by the United States to refer to the changing reality of alliances in the Asia-Pacific region. Although US officials visit Taiwan frequently, Beijing sees the visit of Nancy Pelosi, one of the highest-ranking figures in the US state, as a major provocation. Washington shouldBear all the consequencesThe potential visit, which Nancy Pelosi has yet to confirm, alerted Beijing on Wednesday. If Nancy Pelosi asks,” US Chief of Staff General Mark Milley told reporters.Military support“, He”Everything you need for safe drivingHis profession.

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The tensions surrounding this trip are only part of the problem. US officials fear that President Xi is considering the use of force to impose control on Taiwan. Once considered impossible, an invasion or any other military action is seen as much as possible by observers.

Joe Biden’s Contradictory Statements on Taiwan – Before the White House insisted in May that the US would defend the islandStrategic ambiguityDidn’t change – didn’t help. Although the US president prides himself on his close relationship with Xi Jinping, the pair have yet to see each other in person since his inauguration, largely due to Covid restrictions.

According to the White House, Joe Biden’s main objective is “”Guard railsFor both superpowers, despite their differences and geopolitical rivalry, to avoid open conflict. Liked by Joe BidenMake sure“Open”Communicating with President Xi on all issues, whether they are issues we agree on or issues of significant difficulty, they can always pick up the phone and talk to each other honestly.said John Kirby.

Asked about former President Donald Trump waiving some of the 25% tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese goods from Joe Biden, a spokeswoman said no decision had been made yet. “(…) We think that his predecessor’s tariffs were badly designed. We believe they have increased costs for American families and small businesses and farmers.“As he further noted,”China’s Unfair Trade Practices“. But “I have no decision to announce regarding charges from the President. He works there“, John Kirby concluded.


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