WASHINGTON — President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China opposed each other over Taiwan during the telephone marathon call on Thursday, but side reported any specific progress on this old dispute or any of other problems that erupted between the two powers in recent months.
In their first direct conversation in four months, Mr. Xi sharply warned the United States against intervention in conflict with Taiwan, while Mr. Biden tried to reassure his colleague that his administration was not seeking to violate current situation between the two sides and warned that no should or of them.
“President Biden stressed that the United States policy does not have changed and that the United States strongly opposes anyone who change the status quo or undermine peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary. secretary told reporters after a call that lasted two hours and 17 minutes.
Ministry of China of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called it a productive conversation, but pushed back against what he considers American provocations without directly reference to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s alleged trip to Taiwan, which irritated Beijing in last days.
“The game with fire will set yourself on fire”, the ministry said in a statement. in a statement that repeats the metaphor it used in November too. It said Mr Xi told Mr Biden that China was “strongly” opposed to “intervention by outside forces.” on Taiwan’s status and that China “will never leave space for Taiwan Independence Force in any form.”
“Public opinion must not be violated,” the statement said. added link to China’s position that Taiwan belongs to government in Beijing. “I hope the US side it’s clearly visible.”
call took place like Ms. Pelosi possible Trip to Taiwan caused irritation in Beijing, which has made sinister threats of retribution if she passes with It. The trip was not officially announced, but Ms. Pelosi asked other attendees of Congress in join her next month for what would be first visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in 25 years of self-governing island.
The White House was concerned that the trip would unnecessarily provoke China even if the US and Europe were swallowed up with aid to Ukraine fight off Russian invaders. Mr. Biden has publicly stated that military thought it would bad time for Miss Pelosi leave. And while White House officials say it’s up to the speaker to decide on his own schedule the unspoken message is interpreted on Capitol Hill under pressure on postpone or cancel it.
Tension was high in in region for months since China refused join US efforts to isolate Russia, made persistent claims of control over Taiwan Strait and engaged in several close encounters in the air with American, Canadian and Australian aircraft. War in Ukraine is under scrutiny for implied for Taiwan, other small neighbor desirable big and aggressive power.
Mr Biden promised in maybe use force to defend Taiwan if attacked like Ukraine, he said so for the third time during his brief presidency, although he and his aides later insisted that he was not changing the long-standing American policy of “strategic uncertainty” over how this will answer in such a circumstance. president language encouraged Taiwanese and American hawks at the time, although he drew condemnation in Beijing. His language on Thursday seemed to be aimed at diminishing the impression that he was taking more assertive stance than past presidents.
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aggressive behavior internationally occurs when Mr. Xi is facing serious challenges in home before critical november party congress in that it is expected to be confirmed for third term. Chinazero Covid lockdown policy has been highly unpopular and economy slowed down significantly as youth unemployment on in rise and mortgage and debt crises have engulfed some regions. Analysts say he wants show that he can stand up to the United States on his way to Congress.
in lead-up By Thursday’s call, Beijing had come out with louder-than-usual statements about Ms Pelosi’s planned trip, implying China might use military force if the speaker went ahead with her plans. The United States “will bear the consequences” if Ms. Pelosi travels to Taiwan, a ministry spokesman said. of Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian said this week.
The harsh rhetoric was meant to dissuade Ms. Pelosi from going, but that didn’t mean China use force said Shi Yinhong, professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing. “The Chinese have made clear They want Pelosi’s visit cancelled, but definitely not Beijing want military conflict right now,” he said.
But the atmosphere was “noticeably worse” than in March, when two leaders last spoke on a callon added.
in the regionUSS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier group left Singapore on Tuesday and headed north to the South China Sea, in in direction of Taiwan Strait, which could increase pressure between the two countries.
press secretary for Seventh Fleet, Commander. Hayley Sims described the movement as “a continuation of the carrier’s normal scheduled operations within of her regular patrol in support of free and open Indo-Pacific.” She is declined say if or when the carrier reaches the neighborhood of Taiwan.
China supported the Russian war in Ukraine, buying large volumes of Russian oil and the blame for the conflict on NATO expansion into Eastern Europe. China’s statement issued after call said the leaders “exchanged views” on Ukraine, calling the war there a “crisis”, alludes to basic support of Russia, which Mr. Biden has often criticized.
US officials said the two presidents also American tariffs introduced on China by former President Donald J. Trump and that Mr. Biden is considering repealing them, but in the course of call.
China seemed sensitive to the industry bill passed by Congress. on Thursday to stimulate the US semiconductor industry and reduce support on China and other foreign manufacturers. “Attempts to disconnect or split supply chains in disobedience of fundamental laws will not help boost usa economy”, – China said in a statement. “They will only world economy more vulnerable.”
Miss Pelosi possible visit to Taiwan in the beginning of August falls on a particularly sensitive time for Chinese military. Communist leader Mao Zedong founded the People’s Liberation Army. on August 1, 1927, the date that one of the most important in army calendar.
An integral part of of China military education how arrange future adopt of Taiwan, island of 23 million people which China considers its own and has vowed to conquer if necessary.
Miss Pelosi will travel on a military plane if she makes the trip as is traditional. One of the questions raised by her planned visit was whether the Chinese would air force attempt to escort Ms. Pelosi’s plane or interfere with it in Any way as you approach Taiwan.
mood and results of in call could affect whether Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi meet in man later in in year in what would be their first in“Clashing with the people since Mr. Biden became president,” Yun Sun said. director of China program in the center of Stimson in Washington.
Two men have known each other since 2011, when they were both vice presidents, and met in China on “get to know you” Mr. Biden’s trip. They are both likely to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, known as APEC. in Bangkok in November.
Peter Baker reported from Washington, and Jane Perlez from Seoul. Lee Yu contributed research from Shanghai.