Biden calls Xi as US-China relations worsen


WASHINGTON (AP) – Joe Biden President talked with China’s Xi Jinping on Thursday. In the early stages of President Biden, with growing dissatisfaction on the part of the United States, the high level of involvement between the top advisors of the two leaders has had little fruit.

Biden has begun a second phone call with Xi between the two leaders since Biden took office. Is it lacking in troublesome issues between the two countries, such as a cybersecurity breach caused by China, a response to Beijing’s coronavirus pandemic, and what the White House has labeled as “forced and unfair” trade practices by Chinese? It’s not a moment.

However, Biden’s purpose on the 90-minute phone call did not focus on any of these hot-button issues, instead the US after a clearly rocky start during his tenure. I focused on discussing the future path of Sino-Japanese relations.

In a statement, the White House said, “The two leaders had a broad strategic discussion to discuss areas where our interests converge and areas where our interests, values ​​and perspectives differ.” Stated.

China’s state television reported on its website that the two leaders had “candid, detailed and extensive strategic communication,” but did not provide details.

The White House hopes that both sides can work together on issues of mutual concern, such as climate change and the prevention of the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear crisis, despite widening differences.

However, Beijing opposes US pressure and increasingly suggests that it may remain broadly uncooperative until Biden reveals criticisms of what it considers to be China’s internal affairs.

Approximately eight months after taking office, Biden and his aides proved to be a failed strategy in their efforts to call on China for solidarity of concern, trying to find common ground on other issues.

Prior to the call, senior government officials said the White House was dissatisfied with its early involvement with the Chinese.

Officials who were not allowed to comment publicly and spoke on anonymous terms said Whitehouse officials hoped that Xi heard directly from Biden could prove useful.

White House officials say Biden will not depart from his administration’s policy of putting pressure on China in human rights, trade and other areas that it believes China is acting outside of international norms. Was revealed to Xi.

The high level of involvement at an early stage is most notable as each side blames and blows up the other.

Last week, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry that worsening US-China relations could undermine cooperation on climate change. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang told Kelly, who was visiting Tianjin for climate negotiations with China’s counterparts, that such cooperation could not be separated from the broader relationship, and said in a video link that he had a relationship with the United States. He called for action to be taken to improve.

In July, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman faced numerous demands and complaints, including accusations that the United States was trying to contain and curb China’s development. Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Feng called on the United States to “change very wrong thinking and dangerous policies.”

In March, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan enthusiastically interacted with Chinese Communist Party Secretary of State Yang Jiechi when they met with top Chinese executives at Ancollage. .. At the meeting, Yang accused the United States of not addressing its human rights issues and blamed what he said was American hypocrisy.

Government officials suspect that some of these high-profile conference rhetoric was more about playing to a domestic audience through the media than sending a message to the White House. With that in mind, Biden emphasized the importance of the ability of the two leaders to have personal conversations and clarify their priorities, officials said.

Biden has been trying to focus on China since his inauguration, rallying allies to Beijing’s human rights records, trade practices, and the increasingly aggressive actions of the military that are disturbing US allies in the Pacific. Is speaking in a more unified voice. He sees Beijing as the United States’ most important economic competitor and growing national security concerns.

However, the president also expressed hope that his long-standing partnership with West, dating back to his time as Vice President of Barack Obama, would allow him to cooperate with certain important issues and pay dividends to both countries. According to government officials, the two spent time on the phone, remembering the time they traveled together when they were Vice Presidents.

The White House said the leaders during the talks agreed that the states would be “frankly and frankly” involved in the conflicting and consensus issues.

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Beijing Associated Press writer Joe Macdonald contributed to the press.