© Reuters File Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a memorial service for People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day, in Beijing, China, on September 30, 2021.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he had discussed Taiwan with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that they had agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement because of tensions between Taipei and Beijing.
“I have talked to Shi about Taiwan. We agree … we will abide by the Taiwan agreement,” he said. “We have made it clear that I do not think he should do anything other than abide by the agreement.”
Biden cites Washington’s long-standing “one-China policy” under which it formally recognizes Beijing instead of Taipei and the Taiwan relations law, which makes it clear that it relies on the US decision to establish diplomatic relations with Beijing instead of Taiwan. The expectation is that Taiwan’s future will be determined in a peaceful way.
Commenting to reporters at the White House – Biden mentioned an expense package after returning from a missionary visit – came amid tensions in Taiwan-China relations.
China claims Taiwan as its own territory, which must be forced if necessary. Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its independence and democracy by blaming China for the unrest.
Taiwan has reported 148 Chinese Air Force aircraft in the south and southwest of its air defense zone, a four-day period starting Friday, marking the same day as a major patriotic holiday, National Day.
The United States on Sunday called on China to suspend military operations in Taiwan.
“The United States is deeply concerned about the provocative military actions of the People’s Republic of China to Taiwan, which is destabilizing, miscalculating, and undermining regional peace and stability,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement on Sunday.
Biden X was also seen referring to a 90-minute call with Shi on September, their first meeting in seven months, where they discussed the need to ensure competition between the world’s two largest economies does not escalate.
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