Joe Biden “for Xi” outlined the repercussions and consequences if China provided material support to Russia while carrying out brutal attacks on Ukrainian cities and civilians.
US President Joe Biden on Friday warned of “repercussions” for China if it provided “material support” to Russia, While his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, asked the United States to share responsibilities in the first conversation between the two after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The virtual meeting between the leaders of the two superpowers showed the distance between Washington and Beijing, with two statements with some common points.
According to the White House memo, Biden described to Xi the repercussions and consequences if China provided material support to Russia as it launched brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians, without specifying a possible response.
Likewise, the US president “detailed the efforts of Washington and its allies to prevent and then respond to the invasion (which began on February 24), including imposing costs on Russia.”
Subsequently, Biden emphasized his “support for a diplomatic solution to the crisis” that has already caused more than 3 million refugees to flee Ukraine from Russian bombing.
One call, two copies
For its part, the Chinese version of the video conference, which was released before the US version, indicated that Xi urged the two powers to work together.
“As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and as the world’s major economies, we must not only develop our relations on the right track, but also share our international responsibility and work for global peace and stability,” a copy of the official Chinese agency.
in this way, Xi assured Biden that peace and development faced “serious challenges” and that the world stage had changed since their last conversation on November 16, 2021.
“The facts once again show that countries should not go to extremes in meeting on the battlefield. Conflict and confrontation do not concern anyone, and what the international community should cherish most is peace and security,” the Chinese president added.
anxiety in Washington
Shortly thereafter, on a call with reporters to discuss the Biden-Xi meeting, a senior White House official, who asked not to be named, said the nearly two-hour conversation was “direct, objective and detailed.”
However, The US official avoided reporting whether China had given guarantees that it would not provide military or economic aid to Russia in its invasion of Ukraine, something about which Washington has expressed growing concern in recent days.
In the background is an alleged Russian request to China for military assistance to invade Ukraine, a request published by US media citing officials from that country which Beijing has described as “completely false” and “pure misinformation”.
At a news conference on Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that the United States remains “concerned” about continued “surveillance.”
Open communication channels
And in Taiwan, a territory claimed by China and one of the biggest sticking points with Washington, Biden reiterated that US policy on the island “has not changed.” He stressed that he continues to oppose any unilateral adjustment to the “status quo”.
The two leaders agreed, however, on the importance of keeping channels of communication “open” and of continuing talks given the seriousness of the crisis.
Today’s meeting comes less than a week after the meeting in Rome between US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Director of the Office of the Chinese Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi.
Since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine, China has declared its support for the territorial integrity of all countries, including Ukraine, while avoiding condemning the Russian actions, which have avoided defining them as an “invasion”.
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