President Xi Jinping of China lectures US President Joe Biden during video call
Chinese aircraft carrier the Shandong sails down the Taiwan strait in a show of strength hours before virtual meeting
Chinese President Xi Jinping lectured President Joe Biden of the United States during their two hour virtual meeting Friday. The US should have diplomatic conversations with Russia to solve the crisis Xi said while condemning the “indiscriminate sanctions” on Russia imposed by Washington. The US president had requested the meeting.
“The Ukraine crisis is not something we want to see, and the events again show that countries should not come to the point of meeting on the battlefield. Conflict and confrontation are not in anyone’s interest, and peace and security are what the international community should treasure the most.” Xi said.
Biden assured Xi that the US does not seek a new Cold War, changes in China’s system, a stronger alliance against China, supporting “Taiwan secessionism” or conflict with China.
“I take those remarks seriously.” Xi said in response to Biden’s insistence of maintaining the status quo with China.
“The direct cause for the current situation in the China-US relationship is that some people on the US side have not followed through on the important common understanding reached by the two nations and have not acted on Biden’s positive statements. The US has misperceived and miscalculated China’s strategic intention.”
“As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and the world’s two leading economies, we must not only guide the China-U.S. relations forward along the right track, but also shoulder our share of international responsibilities and work for world peace and tranquility,” Xi said.
Earlier the Chinese Foreign Ministry had condemned NATO for escalating the crisis in a statement via its spokesman Zhao Lijian. “China provides Ukraine with food, milk powder, sleeping bags, quilts, and waterproof mats, but the US offers lethal weapons. It’s not hard for people to judge whether food, sleeping bags, or guns are more essential for local people.”
On Thursday to send a clear message to Washington. China sailed its newest aircraft carrier the Shandong down the Taiwan straits accompanied by four warships for exercises in the South China Sea. The US is currently in a crux about possible nuclear conflict with Russia with the extreme pressure against it and the risk of a rapid escalation of conflicts with China over the Taiwan issue.
Source Xinhua/White House.