US-China, Biden to Xi: “Competition does not lead to conflict”

The US president in the virtual face to face: “Keep communication open”. Tension over Taiwan

The United States and China must set “common sense stakes to ensure that competition does not turn into conflict and to keep the lines of communication open”. This is what American President Joe Biden asked Chinese President Xi Jinping during their videoconference meeting during which, according to the White House, “the two leaders discussed the complex nature of relations between the two countries and the importance to manage the competition responsibly “.

No to unilateral actions on Taiwan, Biden said to the Chinese president in the meeting which lasted about three hours. A White House note reads that the president stressed that the United States “remains committed to the ‘one China’ policy and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability. in the Taiwan Strait “.

Tensions in the Taiwan Strait “are due to recent attempts by the island’s authorities to seek American support for their independence agenda, as well as the intention of some Americans to use Taiwan to contain China. These moves are extremely dangerous. it is like playing with fire and whoever plays with fire burns himself, “said the spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, referring what Xi Jinping said to Biden.

The American president also “raised concerns about the practices of the People’s Republic of China in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong and about human rights more generally”.