Chinese communist dictator Xi Jinping threatened Democrat President Joe Biden during a meeting between the two world leaders on Monday night, saying that the U.S. “will get burned” if it assists an independent Taiwan.
The two “pledged at a virtual summit to improve cooperation, but offered no breakthroughs after three and a half hours of talks,” The New York Times reported. “The call, which was initiated at Mr. Biden’s request, reflected his administration’s deep concern that the chances of keeping conflict at bay may be diminishing. Mr. Biden has repeatedly suggested that it should be possible to avoid active military engagement with China, even as the United States engages in vigorous competition with Beijing and continues to confront the Chinese leadership on several significant issues.”
Xi threatened Biden over Taiwan, warning according to the Chinese readout that assisting Taiwan in pursuing independence “is playing with fire, and if you play with fire, you will get burned.”
“China will have to take resolute measures if the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces provoke, compel or even cross the red line,” Xi added.
China’s foreign minister warned Secretary of State Antony Blinken over the weekend that “any connivance of and support for the ‘Taiwan independence’ forces undermine peace across the Taiwan Strait and would only boomerang in the end.”
The Wall Street Journal reported:
On Taiwan, perhaps the most acute source of tension between the two sides, the White House said Mr. Biden “underscored that the United States remains committed to the ‘one China’ policy.” He also said that the U.S. “strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” a signal to Beijing that it shouldn’t follow through on plans to take the democratically controlled island by force.
State broadcaster China Central Television said Mr. Biden offered reassurances that the U.S. would “not support ‘Taiwan independence’” and that it wouldn’t seek to change the Chinese system of government.
The White House claimed that Biden stood up to Xi over human rights issues and China’s corrupt economic practices, which harm American workers.
The White House added:
President Biden also underscored the importance of managing strategic risks. He noted the need for common-sense guardrails to ensure that competition does not veer into conflict and to keep lines of communication open. He raised specific transnational challenges where our interests intersect, such as health security. In particular, the two leaders discussed the existential nature of the climate crisis to the world and the important role that the United States and the PRC play. They also discussed the importance of taking measures to address global energy supplies. The two leaders also exchanged views on key regional challenges, including DPRK, Afghanistan, and Iran. Finally, they discussed ways for the two sides to continue discussions on a number of areas, with President Biden underscoring the importance of substantive and concrete conversations.
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