Xi Jinping and Joe Biden Spoke on the Phone for Over 2 Hours – Mothership.SG

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a telephone call on July 28 for approximately two hours and 20 minutes to discuss security and economic issues of concern.

2 hours 20 minutes

The call was the first time the two leaders had spoken since March 2022. He had been talking the same way for two hours before they.

both White House and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China I described the conversation as candid and detailed, and read out the content of the call.

While the March call was triggered by the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the July 28 call was linked to rumors of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, raising tensions between China and the United States. It was done when Scheduled to be held in early August.

This will be the first visit by a senior US government official in 25 years.

China sees the move as particularly provocative. Because not only is Pelosi second only to the U.S. President, but Pelosi and Biden are members of the same political party. This is because it suggests a coordinated movement between the two.But the truth is probably not much easier.

China says US is playing with fire

Perhaps the most important topic of conversation was that of Taiwan. Tensions over Taiwan have risen steadily over the years, with China taking actions the United States and Taiwan deem provocative, including the incursion of numerous Chinese military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defenses.

Beijing, meanwhile, is concerned that it continues to sell US arms to islands it considers treasonous states, even though it will never rule the islands. visited Led by US Senators in May 2022. China sees the visit as both a provocation and an encouragement to Taiwan’s independence movement.

In a phone call with Mr. Biden, Xi cautioned against supporting Taiwan independence and warned that China’s territorial integrity is the “firm will of the more than 1.4 billion Chinese people.”

He added, “You can’t go against the will of the people, and those who carry fire will die from it,” adding that he hopes the United States will “become clear-eyed” on the issue. as it was BBCthis rhetoric has been overheated, but it is not unique and has been used repeatedly before, such as during the May 2022 parliamentary visit.

China’s foreign ministry statement highlighted Biden’s statement that the United States’ one-China policy has not and will not change, and that the United States does not support “Taiwan independence.”

Biden says Pelosi is from a ‘separate and equal’ agency

The White House announcement confirmed that point, characterizing discussions about Taiwan as “direct and honest.”

Biden reaffirmed US commitments, one china policyhe also wanted to maintain peace and stability in the region and cautioned against “unilaterally changing the status quo by either side.”

When asked about Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan, a White House official declined to answer on her behalf only as a statement of the fact that Pelosi’s legislative branch is an “independent equivalent body of government.” Rejected.

As a member of the press in attendance explained, Biden “cannot really control whether Pelosi travels to Taiwan”.

An international economy with aspects of CHIPS

Xi and Biden also addressed the challenges facing the global economic outlook.

Xi rejected the idea that the United States should see China as a major rival and that “the most serious long-term challenge is misunderstanding Sino-US relations.” and stressed the need to promote bilateral cooperation.

There was also speculation that former Vice President Biden planned to decide after the call to reduce tariffs imposed on China as part of his predecessor Donald Trump’s trade war. bloomberg.

The White House denied the idea that the conversation formed an important part of Biden’s consideration, but explained to Xi his concerns about what he perceives as China’s unfair economic practices. has confirmed.

Also notable is the recent passed it CHIPS act. The law provides the US semiconductor industry with $52 billion (SGD71.6 billion) to build the US semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure and his US$200 billion (SGD275.6 billion) for research. . The bill passed the Senate, with 64 senators voting in favor and 33 voting against.

Biden said the bill would enhance national security by “reducing our dependence on foreign semiconductor sources.” NPR report. Taiwan, the epicenter of rising political tensions with China, Maximum amount of advanced chips in the world.

Chinese state media Global Times This act was interpreted as a way to “besiege” China. largest semiconductor consumeralso trying to boost the domestic chip industry.

The White House did not say whether the two leaders had spoken about the issue, but said Washington took the action very seriously as a “hardening from within” to compete with China. .

face-to-face possible

Both leaders urged their respective teams to follow up with each other on topics of discussion, and both seem to refer to “how much work they’ve created for their teams.”

The White House also mentioned a possible future face-to-face meeting, though it did not say when or where it would take place.

Such a meeting could take place at the G20 Bali Summit in November 2022. Indonesian President Joko Widodo soon In Beijing, he personally invited Xi to attend. Biden is also likely to attend.

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