Even though President Joe Biden announced that US-China relations were once again on track with new military-to-military channels to prevent mishaps between the two superpowers, he still described Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a “dictator.”
He added that on Wednesday, he sent Xi a severe warning to stay out of Taiwan’s January elections
Only a few minutes prior on Wednesday, Biden had declared agreements on several measures aimed at fostering confidence, one of which was the restart of high-level military-to-military communications.
In addition, Biden stated that he and Xi decided to take action to stop the flow of Chinese chemicals that are used in the United States to produce fentanyl.
The two nations will also continue to talk about the effects of artificial intelligence, which include the dangers and security concerns related to this new technology.
However, Biden’s frank evaluation of China’s leader turned out to be a more accurate representation of the two countries’ deteriorating icy relationship.
It also alluded to a more general theme of Biden’s presidency: that democracy and autocracy are engaged in a highly stakes struggle for survival on the international scene.
Biden And Xi Held A Clear-Headed Discussion On Taiwan
The most sensitive issue in their relationship and one that has the biggest chance of escalating into a larger conflict was the subject of Biden and Xi’s “clear-headed” and “not heated” conversation.
According to Biden, he reiterated the US’s “One China” policy and its insistence that a peaceful resolution is necessary.
However, Biden reaffirmed that the United States would keep arming Taiwan in order to thwart any attempt by China to reunite the self-governing island with the mainland through the use of force.
In the event that Beijing invaded Taiwan, the United States had continued to maintain strategic ambiguity about whether it would act directly to defend Taiwan.
A U.S. official stated that Xi informed Biden that he had no intention of invading the island, but Biden chastised him for China’s significant military build-up near Taiwan.
Additionally, Biden urged China not to interfere with Taiwan’s elections the following year.