The 110-minute secure video call on Friday marked the first conversation between the two leaders since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden warned his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping there would be “implications and consequences” for Beijing if it chose to provide direct “material support” to Russia amid the invasion of Ukraine and increasing attacks on civilians. the White House said.
The 110-minute secure video call on Friday marked the first conversation between the two leaders since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Talks between Biden and Xi focused largely on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its implications for US-China relations and international order, a senior White House official told reporters.
“He (President Biden) described the implications and consequences if China gives material support to Russia in carrying out brutal attacks on Ukrainian cities and civilians,” the White House said in a read out of the lengthy conversation between the two presidents.
Later, a senior Biden government official declined to say publicly what those consequences might be for Beijing, a close ally of Moscow. “I have no intention of setting out our options publicly from here,” the senior official said.
Since Russia launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine on Feb. 24, China has tread a thin line, refusing to denounce it as an invasion. The call between the two presidents was to ensure that there is a “direct, candid and detailed and very substantive conversation at the leadership level,” the senior government official said.
“President Biden has outlined our efforts to prevent the invasion and then respond, including by imposing charges on Russia,” the White House meeting read aloud. Biden underlined his support for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. The two leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining open lines of communication to control competition between our two countries, it said.
Biden and Xi have also instructed their teams to follow up on their conversation in the critical period ahead, the White House said.
At the same time, President Xi underlined that there are and will remain differences between China and the US. It’s about keeping such differences under control. A steadily growing relationship is in the interests of both sides, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement in Beijing.
On the situation in Ukraine, President Biden explained the US stance and expressed his willingness to communicate with China to prevent the situation from worsening, it said.
“China does not want the situation in Ukraine to come to this. China stands for peace and is against war. This is embedded in the history and culture of China,” Xi told Biden in the statement. “China independently draws a conclusion based on the merits of each case. China advocates upholding international law and universally recognized standards for international relations,” Xi said.
China adheres to the UN Charter and promotes the vision of common, inclusive, cooperative and sustainable security. These are the key principles underlying China’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine, Xi explained.
“All sides must jointly support Russia and Ukraine in conducting dialogue and negotiations that will deliver results and lead to peace. The US and NATO should also engage in a dialogue with Russia to address the core of the Ukraine crisis and address the security concerns of both Russia and Ukraine,” Xi said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the vast majority of nearly two hours were spent explaining the positions of the United States, its allies and partners on this crisis, including a detailed breakdown of efforts to prevent the invasion. and then respond. “How we got here, the steps we took, where we went and why.” A senior government official told reporters the conversation was direct.
“It was substantive and it was detailed. The two leaders spent most of their time discussing Russia’s unprovoked and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine, as well as the implications of the crisis for US-China relations and the international order,” the official said.
“Biden shared with Xi a detailed overview of how things have developed so far, his assessment of the current situation, and President Biden underlined his support for a diplomatic solution to the crisis,” the official said, adding that Biden will US described assessment of Putin’s actions and his miscalculations.
He also described the unity of the United States and its allies and partners, the unprecedented coordination with our European, NATO and Indo-Pacific partners, and the overwhelming global unity and condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as support for Ukraine. ‘ said the official.
“Biden has made clear the implication and consequences of China providing material aid — if China were to provide material aid — to Russia as it continues its brutal war in Ukraine, not only for China’s relationship with the United States, but for the rest. of the world,” the spokesperson said. official said.
During the call, Biden emphasized his concern that Russia is spreading biological weapons disinformation in Ukraine as a pretext for a false flag operation and underlined his concern about repeating such misinformation.
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan had sent a similar message Monday during a meeting with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome, a senior government official told reporters.
The official declined to comment on whether the US has information that China is providing or is open to providing financial and military aid to Moscow, but said Sullivan spoke directly about concerns and the “potential implications and consequences of certain actions.” . Meanwhile, Biden and Xi also discussed the Taiwan issue during their talks.
“President Xi raised Taiwan. President Biden reiterated that the United States remains committed to our one-China policy and is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the Three Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances. And he underlined the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” the official said. China sees Taiwan, a self-governing island, as a rebel province that must be reunited with the mainland, even by force.
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