The Chinese leader has made it clear to his American counterpart that China won’t negotiate on its sovereignty claims to the island territory.
Xi warns Biden not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan
US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping spent more than two hours on Thursday talking through the future of their complicated relationship, with the flashpoint of Taiwan once again emerging as a key point of tension.
According to an outline of the call released by Beijing, Xi emphasised China’s claim over the island, which has governed itself for decades.
“Those who play with fire will perish by it,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It is hoped that the US will be clear-eyed about this.”
The White House released its own description of the conversation about Taiwan, saying that Biden “underscored that the United States policy has not changed and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”.