US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he had a “good meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that aides would pursue a range of issues.
When asked whether the two leaders had made any progress on Taiwan During their virtual meeting on Monday, Biden said, “We have made it clear that we support the Taiwan law, and we will never change our policy on it.”
Arms Control Talks
For his part, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday that the US and Chinese presidents agreed in an online meeting to discuss the possibility of arms control talks. “Strategic,” referring to US concerns about China’s development of its nuclear and missile weapons.
He added in a Brookings Institution webinar, “You will see on multiple levels the intensification of participation to ensure that there are protective barriers around this competition so that it does not veer into conflict.”
“Different from the Russian Context”
But Sullivan did not clarify what form discussions about strategic stability might take, but he is moving forward. “It is different from what we have in the Russian context in terms of the official strategic stability dialogue, it is much more mature and its history is much deeper. There is less maturity about that in the US-China relationship, but the two leaders discussed those issues and now we have to think about a more productive way to make progress.”
It is noteworthy that Washington has repeatedly urged China to join in. And Russia in a new arms control treaty.