Xi reminds Biden not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan

Xi reminds Biden not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan

Xi reminds Biden not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan

The president of China, Xi reminded his American counterpart Joe Biden “not to play with fire” over Taiwan during a telephone conversation.

According to the statement published on the website of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Xi said “Those who play with fire will perish by it”.

“It is hoped that the US will have clear views about this. The US must respect the of One-China principle (which recognizes Beijing as the propriety of the Chinese government), “Xi said, adding that” public opinion cannot be opposed. “

Beijing considers Taiwan as a “province that separates” while Taipei has maintained its independence since 1949.

Xi said, “The ins and outs of the historical question of Taiwan are very clear, and so do the facts and status that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to the same Chinese.”

“China firmly opposed the separatist movement towards ‘Taiwan’s independence and interference by external forces, and never allowed space to ‘Taiwan’s independence in any form,” said the Chinese President.

Beijing has got angry with the prospective visit to Taiwan by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who is called as showing support for Taipei.

In a briefing earlier Thursday, Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, repeated: “the firm opposition” of Beijing to the potential visit. Xi reminds Biden not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan.

When asked about the Chinese reading of the bilateral conversation, a senior official of the Biden administration, who spoke with journalists on anonymity, said that XI “used a similar language” in previous discussions, “but I will not pass To analyze the various metaphors that RPC (China) regularly tends to use in these issues. “

Both leaders discuss the fact that the United States and China have differences when they come to Taiwan, but they have managed it for more than 40 years, and that keeping the path of communication opens about this problem is important, “said the official, further characterizing the discussion wider as “direct” and “honest.”

The United States formally recognized China in 1979 and changed the diplomatic relations of Taipei with Beijing, including Taiwan as part of China under Washington’s On-China policy.

In addition to Taiwan, the White House said that American and Chinese leaders had discussed “a range of questions” and ordered their respective teams to follow “on today’s conversation, in particular, to treat climate change and health security “.