WASHINGTON: The call lasted — two hours and 17 minutes according to the White House — and the length and content of the conversation differed greatly in the readings given by the two sides.
According to the Beijing Daily, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden that “fire-players will get burned” during their first conversation in four months.
According to a more limited version posted by Biden himself, he spoke with President Xi “as part of our efforts to deepen lines of communication, responsibly manage differences.” us and address issues of mutual interest.”
No word of any flame or burning.
The fifth phone call between the two leaders since President Biden took office comes amid simmering tensions over a potential visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Beijing considers this a provocative act and has warned of consequences. The US sees it as a threat to its sovereign rights and has indicated that it will provide military protection to Pelosi – who is second in the Oval Office after the vice president – if she continues the trip.
There appeared to be no escalation from either side after the phone call.
A White House report on the call said the call was “part of the Biden Administration’s efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication between the United States and the PRC and manage take responsibility for our differences and work together when our interests align.”
It said the two presidents discussed a range of issues important to the bilateral relationship as well as other regional and global issues, and tasked their teams with continued monitoring. conversation today, especially addressing climate change and health security.
In Taiwan, there is a familiar atmosphere. Washington adheres to the one-China policy and pledges to defend Taiwan should it be attacked.
“President Biden emphasized that U.S. policy has not changed and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to alter the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the statement said. know.