The virtual summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Bidennext Wednesday was delayed by Beijing asking Washington to end support for Taiwan’s independence.
Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Xi will have a virtual meeting on Tuesday with Biden.
As part of their efforts to stabilize one of the most complicated and fraught relationships in the world, Xi and Biden have had two long phone conversations so far this year.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the US and China should meet halfway in order to have a successful virtual summit and to restore bilateral ties.
According to the official Xinhua news agency, Wang made these remarks during a telephone conversation with Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State.
Wang stated that Taiwan, China claims to be part of its mainland, is the greatest threat to peace and stability in the region.
Wang stated that any support for ” Taiwanindependence”, will cause regional peace to be damaged and then eventually, Wang said.
He asked the US to clearly state its opposition to any ” Taiwanindependence” moves and to firmly stand by the promises made in the three China-US communiques.
He also urged the US to keep its one-China policy and to take concrete actions, rather than sending misinformation to Taiwan independence forces.
According to the media, Blinken stated that both sides were fully prepared for the summit because it would draw great attention from around the globe.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, stated that President Biden would discuss with President Xi responsible management of the competition between the United States, China, and ways to work together when our interests align.
In a statement, Psaki stated that President Biden would make clear US priorities and intentions throughout the process and will be open and honest about his concerns with China.
Tensions have been growing between the two countries since September’s lengthy phone conversation between their leaders. The surprise announcement of AUKUS, a military alliance between Australia, Britain, and the US to counter China’s increasing military presence in the Asia-Pacific, and the US strengthening the Quad alliance with Australia and India, has resulted in tensions between them.
The US has been increasing its ties to Taiwanese officials as well.
The summit was presided over by the surprise agreement between the two countries, which together account for around 40% of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.
The UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow announced the agreement. It aims to accelerate emission reductions towards the 2015 Paris Agreement goals. This mandated that emissions cuts be made to keep global temperature rise below 2° Celsius in comparison to pre-industrial times. A target of 1.5° Celsius was set.
Hua stated that the presidents would exchange views on China-US relations as well as issues of common concern.