US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation on Friday, March 18. In fact, the White House is trying to prevent China from providing military and economic aid to Russia for the Russian attack on Ukraine. This conversation has been in the works since Biden and Xi held a digital summit in November last year. In this conversation, Chinese President Jinping said that China and America together should fulfill international responsibilities for peace.
America said – decide where Jinping stands
According to ‘Eastern Daylight Time’, the two leaders started their talks at 9.03 am. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would question Xi about China’s support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and not condemning Russia’s barbaric attack in Ukraine. “This is an opportunity to assess where President Xi stands,” Saki said. ,
On Friday, China once again reiterated its appeal for talks and grants for humanitarian aid. At the same time, he accused the US of provoking Russia and escalating the conflict by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in the daily briefing, “China has appealed to make every effort to avoid casualties at all times. He said, “It is easy to answer, what do the common people in Ukraine need more – food or machine guns?”
Taiwan accuses China
It is noteworthy that after Putin deployed Russian troops in Ukraine, Xi tried to distance himself from Russia’s aggression, but he appeared to avoid criticizing Moscow. Friday’s Biden-Xi telephone conversation is his fourth with Xi since Biden took office. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said that the Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong passed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, reminding China of its threat to assert its claim by force. The development happened just hours before the Biden-Xi talks.
“National Army intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance systems are closely monitoring the movements of Chinese ships in the ocean and aircraft in the airspace around the Taiwan Strait,” the ministry said in a statement. At the same time, Zhao said that he did not have any detailed information about the ship’s passing through the strait. “I believe that the ship will be on its regular training mission, this should not be seen as a link between the talks between the Chinese and American leaders,” he said.
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