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President Biden confirmed on Wednesday that he plans to satisfy face-to-face with Chinese language President Xi Jinping subsequent week in Bali, Indonesia, the place the 2 leaders are attending the G-20 summit.
Biden has centered his overseas coverage on countering the financial and nationwide safety threats posed by China. He instructed reporters at a press convention that he is not going to make any concessions with Beijing, however desires to search out out Xi’s “crimson traces” are within the relationship.
The leaders haven’t met in particular person since Biden turned president. When he was vp, Biden spent a whole lot of time assembly with Xi – a reality he commonly trumpets – however Xi solely not too long ago resumed touring exterior his nation after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden instructed reporters that his objective is get a deeper understanding of Xi’s priorities and considerations.
“I’ve instructed them I am on the lookout for competitors, not battle,” Biden stated. “And so what I wish to do with him after we discuss is lay out what every of our crimson traces are. Perceive what he believes to be within the crucial nationwide curiosity of China. What I do know to be the crucial curiosity of the US and to find out whether or not or not they battle with each other.”
The administration has been working for months to attempt to get the 2 leaders collectively in an effort to scale back tensions earlier than they spiral uncontrolled.
The 2 leaders mentioned a doable face-to-face assembly throughout a two-hour name in late July.
I led a Congressional delegation to Taiwan to make crystal clear that America stands with the folks of Taiwan – and all these dedicated to Democracy and human rights.
Take a look at this video of our historic go to to Taipei. pic.twitter.com/TON6zB3x4s
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 3, 2022
Since then, tensions escalated over a go to by Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. The White Home referred to as China’s army workout routines that adopted an “unprecedented strain marketing campaign” for the self-governed island that China claims as its personal.
China slapped sanctions towards Pelosi and launched live-fire army drills across the island. However Beijing additionally blamed Biden for not intervening.
Xi reduce off talks with the administration on various essential points, together with counternarcotics and local weather.
Biden has additionally raised Beijing’s ire by suggesting repeatedly that the U.S. will defend Taiwan if attacked by China.
Some observers say the remarks contradict a long-standing desire from U.S. administrations for ambiguity on the difficulty of defending Taiwan, as a option to deter each China and Taiwan from taking steps that might alter the established order.
The White Home has repeatedly stated the remarks don’t characterize a change in U.S. coverage, however China has not been glad.
Requested once more on Wednesday, whether or not he would inform Xi that the US is dedicated to defending Taiwan, Biden stated “I’ll have that dialog with him” — although he additionally stated that his coverage on Taiwan had not modified.
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