Biden Tells Xi That U.S. Remains Committed To 'One China' Policy

Biden Tells Xi That U.S. Remains Committed To 'One China' Policy

Andrew H. Sweet

U.S. President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping that America remains committed to the "one China" policy. Washington recognizes and has formal ties with Beijing rather than Taipei.

Biden also warned that "United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."

But Xi reiterated Beijing's line that it is prepared to take Taiwan by force.

"We are patient and willing to do our utmost to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with the utmost sincerity," Xi said, according to state media. The Chinese president warned that if "Taiwan independence" forces provoke the issue or even cross the red line, the mainland will have to take decisive measures.

President Biden also raised concerns about China's practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong and human rights more broadly.  He discussed the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific and reiterated how freedom of navigation and safe overflight was important to the region's prosperity.

Xi also hit back at Biden's comments on Beijing's human rights record.

And rather than politicizing COVID-19, Xi said both countries should instead set up a cooperative mechanism to tackle global public health and infectious diseases, referring to suggestions by some in the U.S. that the virus was man-made.

Biden said the two nations must establish "common sense guardrails" and recognize where interests overlap, particularly as they relate to climate change.

In an apparent attempt to bridge the gap between the nations, Biden wore a red tie -- the color of China's flag -- Xi sported a blue tie -- the color of the president's Democratic Party.

Last week's surprise announcement at COP26 that the U.S. and China would cooperate on limiting emissions, followed by the announcement of the Biden-Xi summit, gave a shot of hope to many that a detente of sorts could be on the horizon.

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