Biden Says He and China's Xi Have Agreed To Abide By Taiwan Agreement

Biden Says He and China's Xi Have Agreed To Abide By Taiwan Agreement

Andrew H. Sweet

"I've spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree we'll abide by the Taiwan agreement," he said. "We made it clear that I don't think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement."

Biden appeared to be referring to Washington's long-standing policy under which it officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, and the Taiwan Relations Act, which makes clear that the U.S. decision to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing instead of Taiwan rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be determined by peaceful means.

While that act binds the United States to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, Washington only acknowledges China's stance that the island belongs to it and that there is "one China" and takes no position on Taiwan's sovereignty.

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