The President Joe Biden met with Xi Jinping, the Chinese dictator on Thursday. They spoke on a conference call lasting more than two hours.
The White House released a readout of the call after it was completed, saying Biden spoke with Xi about how to “responsibly manage our differences and work together where our interests align.”
The readout did not mention tariffs on China’s imports nor the coronavirus epidemic, but there were references to climate change “health security .”
” The two presidents talked about a variety of important issues to bilateral relations and gave their teams the task to keep up with today’s conversation. They also discussed climate change and security.
Xi and Biden have spoken five times each since Biden was elected president, the last time being in March.
The White House stressed that the United States has not altered its Taiwan policy ,
“On Taiwan President Biden underlined that the United States’ policy had not changed, and that the United States opposes unilateral attempts to alter the status quo and undermine peace and security across the Taiwan Strait,” read the statement.
Biden is known for making confusing statements about whether it might respond with military force to China’s position towards the island.
A photo from the White House call was also posted on President Obama’s social media pages.
Today, I met with President Xi Jinping of People’s Republic of China to discuss our mutual efforts to improve communication lines, manage differences responsibly, and resolve issues of mutual concern. pic.twitter.com/mwIeg35h8j
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 28, 2022
It is not clear if the president made any progress with this call.
Chinese state media revealed that Xi warned the president not to get involved with Taiwan, reminding him that “those who play with fire will perish by it.”
There was no mention of Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker’s planned trip to Taiwan in any readout.
The White House refused to make a decision about whether the Speaker should travel, because it has upset Chinese officials.