Updates: 11.02.2021 18:09
Published: 11.02.2021, 03:36
WASHINGTON / BEIJING – Gov. 19, both trade and human rights, have been the focus of phone calls between the United States and China, the first time since Joe Biden took office at the White House. According to the US report, Biden complained about Beijing’s “compulsory” practices and the developments in Hong Kong or Xinjiang. His opponent, SI Jinping, warned that a confrontation between the two major powers would have catastrophic consequences.
The US president told the media today that the call lasted two hours. The AP notes that this followed shortly after Biden announced his intention to set up a working group in the defense sector to review US defense strategy in relation to China.
In an interview with the Chinese leader on Wednesday“He is fundamentally concerned about Beijing’s forced and unfair trade and economic practices, the repression of Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and China’s increasingly decisive behavior in the region, including Taiwan,” he stressed.
“I told him we would work with China if it would benefit the American people,” Biden added.. The White House report recommended that Washington view “global health care” as an effective collaboration on climate change and arms regulation.
According to Chinese state television, any conflict between Beijing and Washington would be a disaster for both sides, and both countries need to restore mechanisms to avoid misunderstandings and misjudgment.
The United States has long accused China of violating the human rights of Muslim Uyghurs living in Xinjiang, Tibetan and Hong Kong. They also support Taiwan, which China considers a separatist province. In this context, he told Chinese President Biden that he was concerned about Chinese sovereignty and regional integrity and hoped that the United States would approach these issues with caution.
Several issues have recently arisen in relations between Washington and Beijing. For example, the United States has criticized China’s actions in the South China Sea and Beijing’s approach to regime change in Burma. In January, the new head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, called China undoubtedly the biggest diplomatic challenge to the United States.
“If we don’t move, he will eat our lunch,” Biden said of relations with China today. According to Reuters, he called the conversation good.