US Leader Biden gives assurance- “No new cold war with China”

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During a discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. President Joe Biden promised that his administration would not pursue “a new Cold War” with China.

He said that, in his opinion, he didn’t think China would attack Taiwan.

Since Biden took office, this was the first face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the two superpowers.

The two talked about North Korea and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Bali just before the G20 summit on the Indonesian island.

The leaders talked about many different topics in a meeting that lasted three hours. Among them Taiwan.

Beijing claims the self-governed island, and it’s always been a thorny issue in US-China relations.

A Chinese state media report Monday reported that Xi stressed Taiwan as the “core of China’s core interests” and said it would be the first red line in US-China relations.

Recent U.S. officials have warned that China may escalate its plans to invade Taiwan.

Journalists quickly asked Joe Biden about the idea that a new cold war was imminent.

“I believe there need not be a new Cold War. I have met with Xi Jinping, and we are frank and open with one another across the board,” he said.” The former president also expressed that he doesn’t think China will send an imminent invasion of Taiwan.

“I clarified that our goal is for cross-strait issues to be peacefully resolved. That’s why we must avoid going down that path.” I could tell he understood me, and I also understood his position.

Biden, the U.S. vice president, announced that he and the Chinese leader had agreed on an arrangement for officials at all levels of government to speak regularly about issues. The secretary of state will also be visiting China soon.

Faced with a question about the U.S.’s policy on Taiwan, the former Secretary of Defense said, “our position has not changed.”

Biden has clarified that the United States will defend Taiwan should it be attacked by China. This is considered a departure from the longstanding U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity.” However, government officials have since clarified his statements.

I have walked the tightrope on the Taiwan issue in the United States. One China policy, in which Washington only recognizes the Chinese government in Beijing and has no official relationship with Taiwan, is crucial to their relationship with Beijing.

The U.S. government also maintains close relations with Taiwan. It sells its weapons beneath the Taiwan Relations Act, which states that the U.S. is obligated to provide for the defense of Taiwan.

In addition to Taiwan, Xi also discussed North Korea and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with Biden during a recent meeting.

Biden voiced his concern about human rights havoc in China, including the persecution of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Tibet.

The leaders acknowledged to each other – and the wider world watching their meeting – that stability was contingent on their bilateral relations and vowed to act responsibly.

Lately, the Vice President of the United States and U.S. authorities have been at pains to signal their aim at reconciliation, repeatedly emphasizing that the U.S. doesn’t want conflict with China but can still maintain a sense of competitiveness.

In his opening remarks for the meeting, Xi called for “charting the right course for Sino-US relations.” This is because “the world has come to a crossroads.”

“In recent decades, we have seen a major increase in material prosperity and economic growth. But as modernization deepens and society changes, people have divided more than ever by class, life chances, and the sources of wealth,” he said, adding that “historically, social progress should be the result of collective endeavor.”

Biden and Xi both get a win as they share their move forward together. “Xi shows that he’s not intimidated by Biden like the U.S. and China are true equals.”

Meanwhile, Biden gets a pass on “the U.S. sliding the envelope on Taiwan, and the two sides agreeing to add dialogue reassures other countries.”

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