Washington President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on the phone for 2 hours and 17 minutes on Thursday, their first conversation in nearly four months.
According to a White House statement, the call was part of the administration’s efforts to “maintain and deepen the lines of communication” between the US and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and to “responsibly manage our differences and where Our interests are aligned, let’s work there”. ,
On Taiwan, President Biden told Xi that the US had not changed its policy and “strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits,” the White House said.Beijing is getting up on Taiwan, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi angry over a possible visit to the island. She had originally planned to lead a congressional delegation on a trip to Asia in early April, but it was postponed when she contracted COVID-19. That trip was expected to include a stop in Taiwan.
Last week,US military officials believe that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan at this time is “not a good idea”. The Chinese foreign ministry has said it will take “firm and strong measures” if Pelosi continues with her travel plans, but her travel plans were not expected to be discussed on the call, although Xi’s remarks about Taiwan were unclear. There was a warning. A readout of Xinhua’s call said Xi told Biden that it was the “strong will” of the Chinese people to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “Public opinion cannot be violated,” Xi said. “Playing with fire you will set yourself on fire. I hope the American side can see it clearly.”
The two presidents last spoke on March 18, and there have been talks between high-level US and PRC officials. According to the White House, the two presidents discussed a range of issues critical to US-China relations and will follow their teams on efforts to address climate change and health security, public health incidents that affect individuals across the country. are at risk of health. World.
The administration is also weighing Trump-era tariffs on some Chinese-made products to try to tame inflation. Last Sunday, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondothat Mr Biden was “still thinking about it.” Although the president has the ability to act unilaterally on the tariffs, Raimondo said he “wanted to be certain that when we do, or if we do, it will have no impact on American workers.”
Mr Biden and Xi have spoken several times since taking over as president. The president and his aides often emphasize how important it is to have leader-to-leader conversations rather than delegating difficult discussions to top officials and officials.
Xinhua also said in its readout of the talks that Xi insisted that the US characterization of ties with China as strategic competition and a “serious long-term challenge” is a “mis-judgment” and “misinterpretation” of China’s development. , which will harm the people and peace of both countries.” Xi also said that the US and China should maintain communication and promote bilateral cooperation. Promote “withdrawal and cooling of regional hotspot issues”.