Biden and Xi pledge not to enter into conflict: “A new cold war is not necessary”

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The president of United States, Joe Bidenand its Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, have met this Monday in Bali, Indonesia, in what is the first face-to-face since both came to power. The meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the G20 summit and that has lasted more than three hours, was aimed at putting “ties” before “profound differences”, according to the White House.

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Biden, during a subsequent press conference, explained that in a “open and honest conversation both leaders have shared their “intentions and priorities” and have agreed to prevent the competition turns into an open confrontation. To give continuity to that commitment and “keep the lines of communication open“, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenwill soon travel to Beijing.

In the last 18 months, Xi and Biden have spoken by phone and by video conference on at least five occasions in a stage marked by the constant increase in tensions by Taiwanthe self-governing island that China claims as its own and that the US has pledged to defend.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping shake hands before their meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

Kevin Lamarques

Reuters

In this sense, Biden has clarified that “there is no danger of a new cold war” and that he does not believe that “China invades Taiwan imminently“. However, it has also confirmed what was already expected: that none have changed their minds on the subject.

“The United States opposes any one-sided change in the status quo of Taiwan and any coercive and increasingly aggressive reaction from China towards the territory”, Biden explained. And he claims to have communicated this to Xi, who, in turn, has conveyed to him that “the policy of one china still stands” and will not change.

Climate and nuclear weapons

The visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to the island of Taiwan in August triggered a serious diplomatic crisis and military between both powers. China not only ended different agreements cooperation on climate, migration and police cooperationbut instead increased its military presence around the island, causing Washington to threaten to intervene.

Now, Biden and Xi are ready to come back to the negotiating table. to reinstate climate agreements on the emission of greenhouse gases, as announced by the US president.

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Minutes before the appearance of the US president, the White House issued a statement advancing that the leaders of the world’s two largest economies rejected during the meeting the use of nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine. “We share that an atomic war should never be waged,” Biden confirmed.

This is the same line that Xi Jinping adopted just a few weeks ago during the visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Beijing, when both condemned a possible nuclear escalation in Ukraine by Russia.

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