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Indonesia: Biden says 'no new Cold War' with China after 'candid' talks with Xi
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Indonesia: Biden says 'no new Cold War' with China after 'candid' talks with Xi

Indonesia, Nusa Dua
November 14, 2022 at 15:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Joe Biden told journalists that he believed there did not need to be a "new Cold War", following discussions with the Chinese premier Xi Jinping in Bali on Monday.

"I absolutely believe there is, need not be a new Cold War," said Biden. "We were candid and clear with one another across the board and I do not think there’s any imminent attempt on the part of China to invade Taiwan, and I made it clear that our policy in Taiwan has not changed at all."

Tensions escalated between the Washington and Beijing over the summer, following the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, as well as a succession of other US lawmakers and politicians.

China accused the US of interfering, as it regards Taiwan as part of its territory under the 'One China principle".

"Our One-China policy has not changed," continued Biden. "We oppose unilateral change in the status quo by either side and we’re committed to maintaining the peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits."

The meeting, the first between the two since Biden became president, came ahead of the G20 summit. The US leader also suggested it was up to China to rein in North Korea, and warned that his country would take further steps if that didn’t happen.

"I’ve made it clear to President Xi Jinping that I thought they had an obligation to attempt to make it clear to North Korea that they should not engage in long-range nuclear tests and I made it clear as well that if they did, they meaning North Korea, that we would have to take certain actions that would be more defensive on our behalf," he stated.

Biden also said the two had discussed Russia, nuclear weapons and maintaining an ongoing relationship.

"We discussed Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, reaffirmed our shared belief in the threat where the use of nuclear weapons is totally unacceptable and I asked that Secretary (of State, Antony) Blinken travel to China to follow up on our discussions and continue keeping the lines of communication open between our two countries," he said.

Some media outlets reported talks taking place on Ukraine between the US and Russia in Ankara, but Biden denied that deals would be made without Kiev.

"We are not going to engage in any negotiation, there’s no, nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. It’s a decision Ukraine has to make," he claimed.

Xi and Biden have spoken five times since the US leader took office, but last met in person when Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president.

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US President Joe Biden told journalists that he believed there did not need to be a "new Cold War", following discussions with the Chinese premier Xi Jinping in Bali on Monday.

"I absolutely believe there is, need not be a new Cold War," said Biden. "We were candid and clear with one another across the board and I do not think there’s any imminent attempt on the part of China to invade Taiwan, and I made it clear that our policy in Taiwan has not changed at all."

Tensions escalated between the Washington and Beijing over the summer, following the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, as well as a succession of other US lawmakers and politicians.

China accused the US of interfering, as it regards Taiwan as part of its territory under the 'One China principle".

"Our One-China policy has not changed," continued Biden. "We oppose unilateral change in the status quo by either side and we’re committed to maintaining the peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits."

The meeting, the first between the two since Biden became president, came ahead of the G20 summit. The US leader also suggested it was up to China to rein in North Korea, and warned that his country would take further steps if that didn’t happen.

"I’ve made it clear to President Xi Jinping that I thought they had an obligation to attempt to make it clear to North Korea that they should not engage in long-range nuclear tests and I made it clear as well that if they did, they meaning North Korea, that we would have to take certain actions that would be more defensive on our behalf," he stated.

Biden also said the two had discussed Russia, nuclear weapons and maintaining an ongoing relationship.

"We discussed Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, reaffirmed our shared belief in the threat where the use of nuclear weapons is totally unacceptable and I asked that Secretary (of State, Antony) Blinken travel to China to follow up on our discussions and continue keeping the lines of communication open between our two countries," he said.

Some media outlets reported talks taking place on Ukraine between the US and Russia in Ankara, but Biden denied that deals would be made without Kiev.

"We are not going to engage in any negotiation, there’s no, nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. It’s a decision Ukraine has to make," he claimed.

Xi and Biden have spoken five times since the US leader took office, but last met in person when Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president.