Biden’s “honorable” 3.5-hour virtual summit with China’s Xi focuses on “strategic risk management” like Taiwan.

President Biden on Monday night “welcomed the opportunity to speak clearly and directly” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, when the two leaders met for a virtual summit. The White House said the men sat for about 3.5 hours for the video call, which was split in two with intervals.

Mr Biden emphasized the importance of “the importance of” Managing strategic risks“with China“And he noted the need for common sense guards to ensure that competition does not get into conflict and that communication lines are kept open.”

President Biden had a practical meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
President Joe Biden listening to a practical meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 15, 2021 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington DC.

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A senior administration official told reporters after the president’s meeting that although no major progress had been made, it was a “considerable step back and forth” that was “respectful and straightforward and open.”

The official said Mr Biden had clarified US concerns about China’s “methods”. Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong KongAnd human rights more broadly, “he said, noting that it was clear that the two leaders had differing global views.

On China’s increasingly aggressive stance on sovereign Taiwan, Mr Biden told Xi that the United States, while reiterating its administration’s support for a “one-China” policy, would “change the status quo or undermine peace and stability.” Strongly opposes the unilateral efforts of

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But according to Chinese state media, Xi stepped back and warned Mr Biden that he would “play with fire” if the United States persuaded Taiwan to gain independence.

“Some people in the United States ‘intend to use Taiwan to control China.’ This trend is very dangerous and is tantamount to playing with fire, and those who play with fire will be burned, “Xi was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency.

The Biden White House has reiterated the United States. Commitment to help Taiwan in its defense From any aggression – while not recognizing the island as independent from China – in light of the record number of Chinese military flights over Taiwan’s airspace.

The official said neither the Beijing Winter Olympics – in which the Biden administration has not yet said whether it will send a senior official – nor the wide-ranging visa issues were discussed during the talks. However, Chinese officials say Xi has agreed to upgrade a “fast track lane” to make it easier for US business officials to travel to China.

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Trade was “not the dominant part of the negotiations,” but Mr Biden urged Xi that China should adhere to the “first-stage” agreement reached in Washington under the previous administration. China has not yet fulfilled its promise to purchase more than 200 200 billion in US goods and services under the agreement. Chinese officials said Xi had told Mr Biden that it was important not to politicize the issue.

Officials at the Biden administration will not comment on China’s current situation Hypersonic missile test Talked during the call.