Biden and Xi discuss Taiwan

Biden and Xi discuss Taiwan
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Islam News – US President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, China’s leader, met for nearly three hours yesterday.

In their first face-to-face conversation as top leaders, the two men made a cautious pledge to improve the relationship between the U.S. and China, which is at its most rancorous point in decades.

Taiwan was at the top of the agenda, and both leaders urged “peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait in their summaries after the meetings.

The summary from the U.S. said that Biden warned Xi that China’s aggressive stance toward Taiwan threatened regional stability and could jeopardize the global economy. China’s statement said Xi replied that Taiwan’s independence was as incompatible with peace and stability as “fire and water” and called it a “red line.”

Reaction: Afterward, Biden told reporters, “I do not think there’s an imminent attempt on the part of China to invade Taiwan.” Xi did not take questions from foreign journalists.

Climate: The two countries, the world’s largest emitters, restarted climate talks, which had been frozen since August.

Analysis: Both leaders described the talks as candid. But although Biden seemed determined to stay on the current course, Xi expressed more dissatisfaction with the direction of relations.

Source: The New York Times

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