Xi Jinping Warns Biden That Backing Taiwan Is “Playing With Fire”

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday warned his US counterpart Joe Biden to back Taiwan. "to achieve independence" or "use" the island "to control China" it is "play with fire, and those who play with fire burn".

This was expressed by the Chinese president in the first face-to-face meeting, although this time virtual, that he has held with the tenant of the White House since he arrived at it – in his stage as vice presidents they had already held meetings.

"The common aspiration of all the Chinese people is to achieve the complete reunification of China. We are patient and willing to do everything we can to fight for the prospect of peaceful reunification with the utmost sincerity, but if the separatist forces of ‘Taiwan independence’ provoke and force their way, or even cross the red line, we will have to take decisive action"added the Chinese president, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Regarding this issue, Biden has indicated that it maintains its "compromises" in the region betting on a "Indo-Pacific free and open", while reiterating the "importance" freedom of navigation and safe overflight for the "prosperity".

"In Taiwan, the United States remains committed to the ‘one China’ policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three joint communiqu├ęs and the six guarantees.", has defended, reports the White House.

On the other hand, the US president has expressed to Xi his concern about the "practices" from Beijing in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, as well as "for Human Rights in general", for which the "The need to protect American workers and industries from China’s unfair business and economic practices".

The two leaders have also exchanged views on "key regional challenges"including North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran, as they have laid out ways for the two sides to continue talks in a number of areas.

Prevent conflict

The White House tenant has also asked Xi "ensure that competition" between countries "don’t drift into conflict, whether intentional or not", but be a "simple and direct competition".

"It seems to me that we need to set some common sense barriers, be clear and honest when we disagree, and work together where our interests intersect, especially on vital global issues like climate change.", Biden has pointed out.

Likewise, it has affected that none of this supposes a "favor" for Beijing or Washington, if not that "what you do for each other" supposes a "responsible world leadership". "And you are a major world leader, just like the United States", has recognized before Xi.

Along these lines, he stressed that the bilateral relationship between China and the United States "will have a profound impact" in both territories, but also in "the rest of the world", so, he added, "all countries have to play by the same rules".

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In this way, Biden has demanded a relationship in which both are "open and sincere" and have a communication "honest and direct" on the priorities and intentions of both parties.

For his part, Xi has referred to his "old friend" to underscore that both China and the United States face "multiple challenges together", and advocate for "communication and cooperation" of both like the "two largest economies in the world" and permanent members of the UN Security Council that they are.

"We must all manage our internal affairs well, while at the same time shouldering our share of international responsibilities and working together to advance the noble cause of world peace and development.", has said.

Thus, he has pointed out that this is the "shared wish" of the people of the two countries and "of all the world". "A strong and stable relationship between China and the United States is required to promote the respective development of our two countries and to safeguard a peaceful and stable international environment, including seeking effective responses to global challenges such as climate change and the COVID pandemic. -19", has deepened.

"Respect each other"

For this reason, he stressed that Beijing and Washington "must respect each other, live together in peace and seek mutually beneficial cooperation". It has also expressed its willingness to work with Biden to "build consensus, take active action, and move relationships forward in a positive direction".

"Doing so would promote the interests of our two peoples and respond to the expectations of the international community.", has assured the Chinese president in the framework of his dialogue with Biden.

The virtual appointment comes after Beijing recently published a statement expressing its willingness to "improve exchanges and cooperation" with the United States. In addition, both countries reached an agreement last week to accelerate their actions in the fight against climate change.

However, tensions are also currently developing between countries. Among them, Taiwan is one of the issues that generates the most conflict in the bilateral relations between the two powers, as the island with the support of Washington denounces the constant overflights of Chinese military aircraft in Taiwanese airspace, which China has criticized.

Beijing considers Taiwan as part of its territory even though it has been ‘de facto’ independent since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1959.

Furthermore, Washington condemns the "genocide and crimes against humanity" exerted by Beijing in the repression of Uighur Muslims and other minorities in the Xinjiang region.


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