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Jul 29, 2022

Xi, Biden talk on phone

Foreign Affairs News Correspondent
Presidents

Chinese President Xi Jinping and the U.S. President Joe Biden talked for two hours and 17 minutes on the phone on Thursday evening over various areas of cooperation, including climate change, China-U.S. relations and Ukraine crisis.

This was the fifth time that both the Presidents talked only over telephone since February 2021.

However, they are planning for a face-to-face summit.

As US House Speaker Ms. Nancy Pelosi is visiting Taiwan next month, both the powerful nations’ Presidents discussed the issue of Taiwan.

Urging the United States to honor the one-China principle and implement the three China-U.S. joint communiques both in word and in deed President Xi warned the US not to “play with fire” but in exchange Biden stressed that US policy has not changed on Taiwan.

Focusing on the global economy, Xi emphasizes on the need for China and the United States in coordinating macroeconomic policies, keeping global industrial and supply chains stable, and protecting global energy and food security.

The Chinese position on Taiwan reflects the nation’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity which is the firm will of over 1.4 billion people, Xi said.

As the world is at a critical moment, the US President Biden stressed on U.S.-China cooperation that could benefit not only Chinese and Americans but the people of the globe too.

The US wants an open line of communication with China that could help to avoid misperception and miscalculation, and will work under the one-China policy of the United States that has not changed and will not change, Biden stressed and emphasized that the United States does not support “Taiwan independence.”

“United States policy has not changed on Taiwan and strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the White House said in a statement.

Both presidents also agreed to stay in touch and instructed the two teams to keep up communication and cooperation.