Joe Biden Claims That He And Chinese President Xi Jinping Agreed To Follow The Taiwan Agreement
"I've discussed Taiwan with Xi. We agree... we'll follow through on the Taiwan accord "President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, stated.
As tensions between Taipei and Beijing have risen, US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding Taiwan and that they agreed to abide by the Taiwan accord.
"I've discussed Taiwan with Xi. We agree... we'll follow through on the Taiwan accord "he stated "We made it plain that I don't believe he should do anything other than follow the arrangement," she says.
Biden appeared to be referring to Washington's long-standing "one-China policy" under which it officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, and the Taiwan Relations Act, which makes clear that the U.S. decision to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing instead of Taiwan rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be determined by peaceful means.
The remarks to reporters at the White House came after Biden returned from a trip to Michigan to pitch a spending package, and they come amid escalating tensions between Taiwan and China. Taiwan is claimed by China as its territory, and if necessary, it should be conquered by force. Taiwan claims independence and vows to safeguard its liberties and democracy, blaming the tensions on China.
Taiwan has recorded 148 Chinese air force planes over four days in the southern and southwestern parts of its air defence zone, beginning on Friday, the same day China celebrated National Day, a major national holiday.
On Sunday, the US urged China to halt its military activities near Taiwan.
"The United States is deeply concerned by the People's Republic of China's provocative military activities near Taiwan, which is destabilising, risks miscalculations, and jeopardises regional peace and security," said State Department spokesman Ned Price in a statement on Sunday.
Biden also appeared to be referring to a 90-minute phone discussion he had with Xi on Sept. 9, their first in seven months, in which they emphasised the need to avoid war between the world's two greatest economies.