Biden’s and Xi’s Virtual Summit Planned For Later This Year

The White House said Wednesday a virtual summit between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping is being planned for later this year.

The announcement followed a meeting in Zurich between national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi. The move comes as tension between the countries increases over Biden administration demands that Beijing cease military pressure against Taiwan and live up to its trade commitments.

In the past several days, China has sent about 150 military jets into Taiwan’s air defense zone, prompting warnings from the Biden administration.

“The activity is destabilizing. It risks miscalculation, and it has the potential to undermine regional peace and stability,” said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Taipei considers itself independent, but Beijing sees it as a breakaway province. Chinese pressure on Taiwan has become another flashpoint amid ongoing Washington and Beijing tensions.

Timothy Heath, a senior international defense researcher at the Rand Corp., said, “Although concerning, I don’t think that the risk of war is high. I don’t think the Chinese are interested in provoking a war. Neither is the U.S.”

The U.S. maintains unofficial relations and defense support for Taiwan while upholding the “One China” policy, recognizing Beijing over Taipei — a position reaffirmed during a September phone call with Xi, Biden said earlier this week.

“We agree, we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement, that’s where we are, and we made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement.”

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Source: VOA contributed to the article.

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