torsdag 11. februar 2021

US-China relations: Details released of Biden's first call with Xi

US President Joe Biden has raised the issue of human rights abuses in Xinjiang during his first call with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the White House said. Mr Biden also pressed Mr Xi on trade, the clampdown in Hong Kong and ongoing tensions with Taiwan. According to Chinese state television, Mr Xi warned Mr Biden bad relations would be a disaster for both countries. Tensions have soared in recent times, over trade, espionage and the pandemic.The call came just ahead of the Lunar New Year, in what is being seen as a goodwill gesture.

After the call, Mr Biden tweeted: "I told him I will work with China when it benefits the American people." In a statement, the White House said the president had "underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing's coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan".