Xi Jinping Speaks on the Phone with U.S. President Biden

Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, July 28 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping had a phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden on the evening of July 28. The two heads of state had candid communication and exchanges on China-US relations and issues of mutual concern.

Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, the two trends of world turmoil and change continue to evolve, and the two major deficits of development and security are constantly highlighted. In the face of a turbulent world, the international community and people of all countries expect China and the United States to play a leading role in maintaining world peace and security and promoting global development and prosperity. This is the responsibility of the two major powers, China and the United States.

Xi Jinping emphasized that to view and define Sino-US relations from the perspective of strategic competition, and to regard China as the most important opponent and the most severe long-term challenge, is a misjudgment of Sino-US relations and a misinterpretation of China’s development, which will harm the people of the two countries and the peace. The international community is misled. Both sides should maintain communication at all levels, make good use of existing communication channels, and promote bilateral cooperation. The current global economic situation is full of challenges. China and the US should maintain communication on major issues such as macroeconomic policy coordination, maintaining the stability of global industrial and supply chains, and safeguarding global energy and food security. Decoupling and breaking the chain against the law will not help boost the US economy, and will also make the world economy more vulnerable. The two sides should promote the withdrawal and cooling of regional hotspot issues, help the world get rid of the new crown epidemic as soon as possible, get out of the dilemma of economic stagflation and recession risks, and maintain the international system with the United Nations at the core and the international order based on international law.

Xi Jinping focused on expounding China’s principled position on the Taiwan issue. Xi Jinping stressed that the history of the Taiwan issue is clear, and the fact and current situation that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China are clear. The three Sino-US joint communiques are political commitments of both sides, and the one-China principle is the political foundation of Sino-US relations. We firmly oppose “Taiwan independence” separatism and interference by external forces, and will never leave any space for “Taiwan independence” forces in any form. The position of the Chinese government and Chinese people on the Taiwan issue has been consistent, and it is the firm will of more than 1.4 billion Chinese people to resolutely safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Public opinion cannot be violated. Playing with fire will set yourself on fire. I hope the US side can see this clearly. The U.S. side should abide by the one-China principle and implement the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques.

Biden said that today’s world is in a critical period. U.S.-China cooperation is not only beneficial to the two peoples, but also to the people of other countries. The US hopes to maintain smooth dialogue with China, enhance mutual understanding, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, seek cooperation in areas where interests converge, and properly manage differences. I would like to reiterate that the US one-China policy has not changed and will not change, and the US does not support Taiwan’s “independence”.

The two heads of state also exchanged views on the Ukraine crisis, and Xi Jinping reiterated China’s principled position.

The two heads of state believed that the call was candid and in-depth, agreed to keep in touch, and instructed the working teams of the two sides to continue communication and cooperation for this purpose.

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