Biden reiterates his support for Taiwan's 'status quo' in the face of China's warnings

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Biden reiterates his support for Taiwan's 'status quo' in the face of China's warnings

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The US President, Joe Biden, reaffirmed that this Thursday his respect for the status quo of Taiwan in an attempt to reassure to China, while its president, Xi Jinping, took advantage of to issue a stern warning to Washingtonand ask it “not to play with fire”.

Biden and Xi had a phone call of more than two hours that the< strong> White House described as “direct and honest”, while the Chinese Foreign Ministry described it as “direct and honest”. of “frank and deep”.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry was the first to report the content of the conversation, the first since March and in which Xi reiterated his support. its claims over Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory.

Xi, in addition , rejected any “foreign interference” but made no mention of the possible trip to Taiwan of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi,the first by an American politician of that rank in 25 years after the 1997 visit of Republican Newt Gingrich. Pelosi has not yet confirmed the trip, but China has already warned that it will respond. assertively to a visitor you perceive as a threat. “Playing with fire will make you burn yourself out,” he warned. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its statement, in which it expressed his wish that “the US can see this clearly.”

One China

In the conversation, Xi also claimed Calls on Biden to abide by the “one China” principle that Beijing imposes as the basis of its ties with any country and which means that the only Chinese government The one Washington must recognize is the one based in Beijing, which distances it from Taiwan's independence aspirations. According to a senior White House official, Biden reiterated In the call, he respected that principle that made Washington break diplomatic ties with Taipei almost half a century ago and establish them with Beijing. The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, which commits the country to the defense of the island, although it does not make it clear whether the power would intervene in the event of a Chinese attack.

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