Biden outlines consequences to Xi if China aids Russia in Ukraine

US president discusses Ukraine crisis with Chinese counterpart



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By AFP

Published: Fri 18 Mar 2022, 11:41 PM

US President Joe Biden described to China’s President Xi Jinping in a phone call on Friday “implications and consequences” if Beijing provides material support to Russia as it attacks Ukrainian cities and civilians, the White House said.

“The President underscored his support for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis. The two leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining open lines of communication, to manage the competition between our two countries,” the White House said in a statement.

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“He described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians,” the White House said in a statement.

Beijing has consistently refused to condemn its fellow authoritarian ally, and Washington fears China could now deliver financial and military support for Russia, transforming an already explosive transatlantic standoff into a global dispute.

On the thorny issue of Taiwan, Biden told Xi that “US policy on Taiwan has not changed, and emphasized that the United States continues to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo.”

Earlier, the Chinese foreign ministry noted there had been “erroneous” signals from the US side on the state of self-ruled, democratic Taiwan, which Beijing sees as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

“Mishandling of the Taiwan question will have a disruptive impact on bilateral ties. China hopes that the US will give due attention to this issue,” the foreign ministry said in its English-language readout of the meeting.

Biden and Xi also “agreed on the importance of maintaining open lines of communication, to manage the competition between our two countries,” the White House said.


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