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Biden, Xi Talk Reduces Tensions Over Taiwan

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in another conversation, November 2021.
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in another conversation, November 2021.| Photo: EFE/EPA/SARAH SILBIGER

the president of USA, Joe Bidenand the dictator Chinese, Xi Jinpinglargely managed to avoid escalating tensions over Taiwan in a call on Thursday, suggesting that neither side wants a new crisis on the island.

“My feeling is that the two leaders, talking directly, probably lowered the temperature,” Jacob Stokes, an Indo-Pacific security fellow at the Center for a New American Security, told a news conference.

Still, Xi once again warned Biden about “playing with fire” over Taiwan. Other topics were also covered at the two-hour-plus meeting, such as Russia’s war in Ukraine and areas of possible US-China cooperation, such as climate change.



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