United States President Joe Biden on Monday objected to China’s “coercive” and “aggressive” actions toward Taiwan, while his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping warned him of crossing Beijing’s “red line” on the island nation.
Biden and Xi made the statements at their first in-person meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. World leaders are gathering at the summit to address a range of global issues including climate change, inflation, and the war in Ukraine.
At the bilateral meeting, Biden told Xi that while the United States acknowledges that there is only one Chinese government under the One China policy, it is in the world’s interest to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
The United Nations has supported the autonomy of Taiwan. It also provides the island nation arms under the Taiwan Act.
In August, two high-level United States officials visited the island nation, prompting China to launch military drills in the sea and airspace around Taiwan.
China considers Taiwan as a province that is to be unified with the Chinese mainland.
Furthermore, it sees official visits by US authorities as lending support to pro-independence camps and giving credence to the idea of Taiwan as a sovereign nation.
On Monday, China reiterated its stance on Taiwan. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said…