US will not engage in conflict with China, says Biden
US President Joe Biden at the ASEAN summit in Cambodia
The US president said on Sunday that the lines of communication between the United States and China would remain open to prevent conflict, on the last day of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Joe Biden, who is due to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, stressed the x27;Importance of peace in the Taiwan Strait and ensuring freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
The United States will compete vigorously…while keeping the lines of communication open and ensuring competition does not escalate into conflict, the White House said in a statement.
The president also condemned Russia's brutal and unjust invasion of Ukraine and North Korea's missile test threats, White House said .
The war in Ukraine is expected to feature prominently in discussions in Bali and at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bangkok later this week, along with global commitments on climate, food security and tensions in the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea and North Korean missile fire.
Eighteen countries representing half of the global economy participated in the summit on Sunday, including ASEAN nations, Japan, South Korea, China, India, the United States. United, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who represents President Vladimir Putin at these summits, accused on Sunday the West to militarize Southeast Asia to contain the interests of China and Russia on critical geopolitical ground.
During At a separate press conference, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said brief talks the day before with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had been constructive and positive, looking forward to a formal summit with Xi Jinping. Ties between Australia and China have also deteriorated in recent years.
I have said many times about relations with China that we should cooperate where we can, said Anthony Albanese. And that dialogue is always a good thing.