CHINA WARNS US ON ’TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE’, AHEAD OF XI-BIDEN MEET

After the Chinese foreign ministry announced a virtual meeting between United States President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Beijing on Saturday warned Washington on their stand on ‘Taiwan independence’. Xi will hold a virtual meeting with his counterpart on Tuesday morning and both will exchange opinions on the CHina-US relations and issues of common concern. Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi said both leaders should meet halfway to ensure a successful summit and bring bilateral ties back. 

 

Both China and the US have had two lengthy conversations via telephone after the tense relationship they had during the Donal Trump presidency. Xinhua news agency reported that Wang spoke with US Secretary General Antony Blinken, and had a moment to talk about Taiwan. Taiwan, which China claims as part of its mainland has been a concern for the country with international support rising. China said its independence would be the biggest security challenge in the region.  He urged the US to oppose ‘Taiwan Independence’ to clearly uphold US-China commitments made in the three joint communiques. 

 

“Throughout, President Biden will make clear US intentions and priorities and be clear and candid about our concerns with the PRC,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. He said Biden and Xi will discuss ‘ways to responsibly manage the competition between the countries. 

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