Biden, Xi Clash Over Taiwan

  • President Biden and China President Xi Jinping met for roughly three hours Monday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in Indonesia.
  • China emerged as the flashpoint among several sensitive topics including Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine.
  • President Joe Biden reportedly objected directly to China’s “coercive and increasingly aggressive actions” toward Taiwan during the first in-person meeting of his presidency with Xi Jinping, as the two superpower leaders aimed on Monday to “manage” their differences in the competition for global influence.
  • Biden spoke after the meeting at a news conference in which he said the U.S. would “compete vigorously” with China, “but I’m not looking for conflict.”
  • Biden reiterated U.S. support for its longstanding “One China” policy, which recognizes the government in Beijing  while allowing for informal American relations and defense ties with Taiwan.
  • According to the Chinese government’s account of the meeting, Xi “stressed that the Taiwan question is at the very core of China’s core interests, the bedrock of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and the first red line that must not be crossed in China-U.S. relations.”
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