News ID: 325364
Published: 0411 GMT November 14, 2022

Xi warns Biden not to cross Taiwan 'red line'

Xi warns Biden not to cross Taiwan 'red line'
REUTERS

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes meets with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden not to cross Beijing's "red line" over the island of Taiwan in Monday's summit meeting between the two.

"The Taiwan question is at the very core of China's core interests, the bedrock of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and the first red line that must not be crossed in China-U.S. relations," Xi told Biden, Xinhua reported, following the over three-hour talks.

Ahead of their meeting, the two leaders smiled and shook hands warmly in front of their national flags at a luxury hotel on Indonesia's Bali island, a day before a Group of 20 (G20) summit.

Biden told Xi that they were both responsible for preventing their superpower competition from turning into conflict, Reuters wrote.

"As the leaders of our two nations, we share responsibility, in my view, to show that China and the United States can manage our differences, prevent competition from turning into conflict, and to find ways to work together on urgent global issues that require our mutual cooperation," Biden said in remarks delivered in front of reporters.

He brought up a number of difficult topics during the meeting, according to a White House readout, including raising U.S. objections to China's "coercive and increasingly aggressive actions toward Taiwan", Beijing's "non-market economic practices", and practices in "Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and human rights more broadly".

Responding to Biden, Xi said the relationship between their two countries was not meeting global expectations.

"So we need to chart the right course for the China-U.S. relationship. We need to find the right direction for the bilateral relationship going forward and elevate the relationship," Xi said.

"The world expects that China and the United States will properly handle the relationship," he said, adding he looked forward to working with Biden to bring the relationship back on the right track.

 

 

   
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