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Biden and Jinping held a “high tension” call

Taiwan was at the center of the conversation and Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to the island.

US Presidents Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping spent more than two hours on Thursday talking about the future of their troubled relationship, with Taiwan once again emerging as a major source of tension.

Xi underlined China’s claim to sovereignty over the island, which has had an autonomous government for decades, according to a description of the invitation released by Beijing.

“Those who play with fire die from it,” the Foreign Office said. “Hopefully America will see this clearly,” they added.

The White House has not yet released the transcript of the call, which began at 8:33 am ET and ended at 10:50 am (1233-1450 GMT).

As always, China leaves no doubt that the United States is responsible for the deterioration of relations between the two countries.

“Focusing and defining Sino-US relations in terms of strategic competition and seeing China as the main rival and the most serious long-term challenge is a misunderstanding of China-US relations and China’s development,” President Xi stressed. Misleading the people of both countries and the international community. said the Ministry of External Affairs.

Biden is trying to find new ways to cooperate with China and limit its influence in the world.

Differing views on global health, economic policy and human rights have strained the relationship, and China’s refusal to condemn Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has added to the strain.

The most recent factor may have been House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which has a democratic government and informally receives security support from the United States but which China considers part of its territory.

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Beijing has said it views such a trip as a provocation, a threat officials in Washington view with extreme seriousness in light of Russian incursions into Ukraine.

“If the US insists on going its own way and challenging China’s fundamental positions, there will certainly be strong responses,” spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference days ago. “The consequences will fall on the United States.”

Pelosi will be the highest-ranking elected official since Republican Newt Gingrich traveled to Taiwan in 1997 when he led the House. Biden told reporters last week that military command considered the trip “not a good idea” at this time.

US national security spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday that it was important for Biden and Xi to continue talking.

“The president wants to make sure the lines of communication are open with President G,” Kirby told reporters at the White House.

“There are issues where we can cooperate with China and obviously there are issues where there is friction and tension.”

The previous conversation between Biden and Xi was in March, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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