Biden says he is not worried about the possibility of an armed conflict with China

President Joe Biden has dispelled concerns about the possibility of an armed conflict with China and has revealed to Chinese leaders that their relationship is one of competition, not conflict.

“Am I worried about an accidental armed conflict or something in China? No, I’m not,” he said at a press conference on October 2 in Glasgow.

Biden said in a past telephone conversation with China’s Xi Jinping that “this is a competition and there is no need for conflict”, and by the end of the year this will be done at a future virtual summit with Xi Jinping. Said to continue. The specific date is still unknown.

“There is no reason to need a dispute,” the president said. “But I also showed him, and … I don’t hesitate to say it publicly — we expect him to play according to the rules of the road.”

He said the United States would not “change our attitude” on certain issues such as “international airspace, what constitutes international sea lanes.”

“I’m not looking … I don’t think there is a need for physical conflict,” Biden said. He elaborated on his thoughts with a quote from his father.

“My dad had a facial expression. He said,” The only conflict worse than intended is unintended, “he said, holding a virtual summit to make sure there was no misunderstanding. Added that it will be used.

Xi did not attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), but instead sent a written statement to “developed countries” to “do more” and “help developing countries” to reduce emissions. To provide. ” Offer new commitment.

Biden on Tuesday expressed disappointment with Xi’s poor climate goals.

Frankly, I think it was a big mistake for China in that it didn’t show up. ” “Other countries in the world will look to China and say,’What value do they offer?’ And they affect people around the world and everyone here at COP. Lost the ability to give. “

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President Joe Biden will speak at the third day of the COP26 World Rally, “Innovating and Accelerating Deployment of Clean Technology,” held in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021. (JeffJ Mitchell / Getty Images)

At a recent town hall event, when Biden was asked about testing hypersonic missiles reported by China, Beijing “knows that we have the most powerful army in world history. “I showed confidence.

“I don’t want the Cold War with China. I want China to understand that we’re not going back and we’re not going to change our view,” he said at the time.

According to some analysts, it was a natural choice for Xi not to attend the climate conference.

China is now on the verge of an energy crisis that spans more than half of the country’s states, threatening to disrupt manufacturing and disrupt the lives of millions of people on Winder. Electricity distribution has contributed to China’s recent energy outages, and Beijing recently ordered coal mining to expand production.

Lin Xiangyi, a professor of economics at National Taiwan University, believes there is no short-term solution to China’s energy problems.

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On October 21, 2021, a man is standing by a car near a coal-fired power plant in Shanghai, China. (Aly Song / Reuters)

“Short-term plans to address these domestic environmental issues will be costly and time consuming,” Lin told The Epoch Times. “If I don’t go, I don’t have to make short-term promises and I can spend a little time finding suggestions that everyone thinks will be accepted,” he analyzes Xi’s decision to pass the event. And said.

Biden wants Beijing to “play according to the rules,” but Beijing clearly has its own playbook.

As the climate change summit continues in Glasgow, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin apparently called on Washington to soften China’s policies in exchange for China’s climate cooperation.

“On the one hand, we can’t ask China to cut coal production, but at the same time we can’t impose sanctions on Chinese solar companies,” he said in a daily briefing.

The US Department of Labor added Chinese-made polysilicon, the main material for solar panels, to the “List of Products Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” in June on suspicion of human rights violations related to the Xinjiang region committed by Beijing. Added. A large-scale campaign of repression targeting Islamic inhabitants of the ethnic group. On the same day, silicon maker Hoshine Silicon Industry and several other energy equipment companies were added to the US trade blacklist.

Luo Ya contributed to this report.



Eva Fu is a writer for The Epoch Times based in New York, focusing on Sino-US relations, religious freedom and human rights.