Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden’s Taiwan case must be properly handled to avoid a negative impact on China-US relations, according to Chinese media.
China says Taiwan, which it sees as a fugitive province that needs to be returned by force, is the most sensitive and important issue in its relations with the United States.
Washington, which is seeking Beijing’s help in restoring peace in Ukraine after Russia’s February 24 invasion, has no formal diplomatic relations with Taipei, but is Taiwan’s most important international protector and arms supplier.
“Some people in the United States are sending the wrong signals to the pro-independence forces in Taiwan, which is very dangerous,” Xik Biden said in a video call.
“If the Taiwan issue is not handled properly, it will have a subversive effect on relations between the two countries.”
China crossed its Shandong ship from the Taiwan Strait, a U.S. destroyer in the shadows on Friday, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters a few hours before the Chinese and U.S. presidents spoke.
China has stepped up its military activity in the last two years near the island to assert its sovereignty claims.
“(Hopefully) the U.S. side will pay proper attention (to the issue),” Xik told Biden.
Xik also told Biden that the war in Ukraine should end as soon as possible, according to Chinese state media.
All parties should work together for Russia and Ukraine, and the United States and NATO should hold talks with Russia to resolve the “core” of the Ukraine crisis, Xi said.
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