US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and that they have agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement as tensions have escalated between Taipei and Beijing.
“I have spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree … we will abide by the agreement with Taiwan,” he said. “We’ve made it clear that I don’t think he should do anything but stick to the agreement.”
Biden appeared to be referring to Washington’s long-standing “one-China policy” of officially recognizing Beijing instead of Taipei, and the Taiwan Relations Act, which makes clear that the US decision to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing instead of Taiwan rests on the expectation that Taiwan’s future will be determined by peaceful means.
The comments to White House reporters — made after Biden’s return from a trip to Michigan touting a spending package — come amid escalations in Taiwan-China relations.
China claims Taiwan as its own territory, which must be taken by force if necessary. Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedoms and democracy, and blames China for the tensions.
Taiwan has reported 148 Chinese Air Force aircraft in the southern and southwestern parts of its air defense zone over a four-day period beginning Friday, the same day China marked a major patriotic holiday, National Day.
The United States on Sunday urged China to end its military activities near Taiwan.
“The United States is deeply concerned about the provocative military activity of the People’s Republic of China near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risking miscalculation and undermining regional peace and stability,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. Sunday in a statement.
Biden also appeared to refer to a 90-minute conversation he had with Xi on Sept. 9, their first talks in seven months, in which they discussed the need to ensure competition between the world’s two largest economies does not become conflicted. ends.
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