In his first telephone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping since he took office, US President Joseph Biden confirmed that the United States will take a sharp stance towards human rights violations in China, as well as towards its regional expansionism.
Xi defended China’s policy as a matter of sovereignty, but told the American president that the conflict would be a “catastrophe”, and called for “the means to avoid misjudgments” to be re-established, Chinese media reported.
The two leaders had a telephone conversation a few hours after it was announced that Biden was forming a special team for Chinese issues at the Pentagon and a face-to-face meeting of a senior State Department official with the representative of Taiwan in the United States. The support of the United States for Taiwan, which, unlike Beijing, does not want “unification” with China, is one of the most sensitive issues in the relations between Washington and Beijing, and Biden addressed this topic in a telephone conversation.
“Today, I spoke with President Xi and wished all the best to the Chinese people for the Chinese New Year,” Biden said.
“I also expressed concern about Beijing’s economic practices, human rights violations and pressure on Taiwan. I told him I would work with China when it benefited the American people. “
According to the White House report, Biden also raised the issue of the suppression of demonstrations in Hong Kong and human rights violations in Xinjiang, as well as “China’s increasingly aggressive actions in the region.” They also discussed global health security, climate change and preventing the spread of weapons, the White House said, the Guardian reported.
Chinese state media reported that the two leaders “exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the Chinese New Year and views on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues.” Xi also warned Biden to be cautious on issues such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang, which he said were internal issues concerning China’s territorial integrity. According to the report on the telephone conversation in which the Chinese media had an insight, Xi reiterated that cooperation is “the only right choice”, and that it is necessary for the two countries to properly manage disputes in a constructive way.
“Cooperation can help the two countries and the world achieve great things, while the conflict is definitely a disaster,” Xi said, according to a report by the South Tea Morning Post. The new Pentagon special team in charge of China’s affairs consists of 15 members led by a senior adviser to Defense Minister Lloyd Austin. The team will deal with the national security of the United States and its military strategy for China. The Biden administration has promised to continue to provide “stable” support to Taiwan and predicted “extreme rivalry” with China. He also indicated that he would use his closeness to Sie from the time he was vice president.
Ahead of the talks, a senior administration official told reporters that Biden’s team “found convenience” in “the Trump administration’s basic proposal for intense strategic competitiveness with China, but we encountered serious problems with the way the Trump administration implemented that competitiveness.” reported the American site Axios.
The Trump administration’s relationship with Beijing was initially warm, and the White House described Trump’s first telephone conversation with the Chinese leader at the time as “extremely cordial.” However, relations deteriorated during his tenure, and tensions arose over trade, the pandemic and human rights violations in China, its relations with its neighbors, including Taiwan, and the South China Sea. During Trump’s tenure, the sale of American weapons to Taiwan significantly increased, and as the Chinese army expanded and modernized, tensions grew. The Biden administration is considering lifting the sanctions and tariffs imposed by Trump, but has said it will take a tougher stance toward China than was the case during Barack Obama’s term.
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