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Biden urges Xi not to allow competition to “turn into conflict”

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Joe Biden told Xi Jinping that their countries must not allow competition to “turn into conflict” at the start of a virtual match taking place amid mounting tensions over Taiwan.

“We need to establish a common sense guardrail, be clear and honest where we disagree, and work together where our interests intersect,” the US president told his Chinese counterpart. “None of this is a favor for any of our countries. . . it’s just responsible world leadership. “

Biden wanted to hold a summit in person, but Xi hasn’t left China for nearly two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. US-China relations have been mired in their worst state since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1979.

“This is the first time we have met virtually. While it’s not as good as a face-to-face meeting, I’m very happy to see my old friend, ”Xi told Biden in his opening remarks, which were made in front of the media.

Xi said countries should “respect each other, coexist in peace and pursue win-win cooperation” in a mantra that critics say means letting China pursue controversial policies such as repression of Uighurs and suppression of the pro movement. democracy in Hong Kong.

“A solid and stable relationship between China and the United States is needed to advance the respective development of our two countries and to safeguard a peaceful and stable international environment, including seeking effective responses to global challenges such as climate change, to which you have referenced, and the Covid pandemic, “Xi added.

The meeting marks the first time that leaders have held face-to-face talks via video link since Biden entered the White House. The Biden administration has many concerns about China, ranging from persecution of Uighurs to long-standing frustration with Chinese economic practices.

But the US is extremely alarmed by the situation around Taiwan, with China flying more and more warplanes into the island’s air defense identification zone.

Biden should have raised both Taiwan and concerns about China’s rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal. China tested a hypersonic weapon with nuclear capability in July and the Pentagon recently said China will quadruple its nuclear stockpiles to more than 1,000 warheads by 2030.

Xi was expected to pressure Biden to ensure that he does not undermine the “one China” policy under which the United States has recognized Beijing as the only seat of government in China since 1979. The United States has implemented changes this year. politicians who made it easier for US officials to engage with Taiwanese officials.

Biden recently said the US will defend Taiwan from any attack from China, in comments that run counter to the longstanding policy of “strategic ambiguity” by which the US is vague as to whether it can come to Taiwan’s aid. The White House immediately watered down Biden’s comments, but raised further concerns in Beijing about his position.

Chinese analysts said Xi cannot compromise on “core” issues such as Taiwan and its campaigns to assert control over Hong Kong and the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

“China has a very clear position on [these issues] and it will not be moved, “said Shi Yinhong, a foreign relations expert at Renmin University.

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