WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement, as tensions between Taipei and Beijing have risen.
“I talked to Shi Shi about Taiwan. We agree … we will abide by the Taiwan agreement,” he said. “We made it clear that I don’t think he should do anything other than abide by the agreement.”
Biden appeared to be referring to Washington’s long-standing “one-China policy” under which it officially recognizes Beijing instead of Taipei and the Taiwan Relations Act, which clarifies that the United States has decided to establish political relations with Beijing instead of Taiwan. Taiwan’s future is expected to be decided peacefully.
Remarks to reporters at the White House – Biden considered the spending package after returning from a trip to Michigan – amid growing ties between Taiwan and China.
China calls Taiwan its own territory, which must be taken by force if necessary. Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its independence and democracy by blaming China for the tensions.
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“The United States is deeply concerned about the provocative military actions of the People’s Republic of China near Taiwan, which are destabilizing, miscalculating and undermining regional peace and stability,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement on Sunday.
Biden X appeared to be referring to a 0-minute call with Xi in September, his first discussion in seven months, in which he discussed the need to ensure that competition between the world’s two largest economies does not escalate.
Reporting by Jeff Mason; Written by Alexandra Alper and David Branstrom and edited by Chris Reese and Leslie Adler.
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