Biden, China's Xi Hold First Call Since Russia Invaded Ukraine

Headline Roundup March 18th, 2022

President Joe Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping for nearly two hours on a video call Friday about Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine and China's position on it.

According to a readout of the call from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Xi told Biden that the "Ukraine crisis is not something we want to see" and that the U.S. and China must "shoulder our share of international responsibilities and work for world peace." The White House has yet to release details of the call as of Friday afternoon. The meeting comes days after China reportedly expressed openness to providing Russia with requested military and financial aid for the invasion. China has not formally condemned the invasion and was one of 35 U.N. member nations that abstained from denouncing it. Hours before the Biden-Xi call, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said a Chinese aircraft carrier sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Russia's Ukraine invasion and the fact that China hasn't formally opposed it are stoking fears that China could similarly try to forcibly take over Taiwan.

Voices on all sides analyzed China's role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Most sources across the spectrum highlighted the Biden administration saying before the call that Biden planned to pressure Xi about his position on the invasion and reports about China potentially assisting Russia. Right-rated voices are more emphatic in urging Biden to be tougher on China. The New York Post reported that Biden called Xi "to request help" on Russia. 

From the Center

President Joe Biden held a nearly two-hour phone call on Friday morning with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The call was seen as a critical test of whether Biden can convince China to stay on the sidelines of the conflict in Ukraine, and to turn down Russian requests for military or economic aid.

According to a readout of the call from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Xi told Biden that the United States and China each had an obligation to promote peace.

The White House has...

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From the Left

In a high-stakes video call, President Joe Biden and China's President Xi Jinping spoke Friday morning for the first time since November amid concerns that China will help Russian President Vladimir Putin's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The White House said the two leaders spoke for one hour and 50 minutes.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would be candid and direct and that the call provided a chance for him to "assess where President Xi stands." The conversation would center on "managing the competition between our two countries as...

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From the Right

President Biden on Friday called Chinese President Xi Jinping to request help cutting off Russia with sanctions and a ban on military supplies that could be used in Ukraine — but the call happened as China’s military provocatively sailed an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait.

The video call lasted nearly 2 hours and ended at 10:53 a.m., the White House said.

It was not immediately clear if Xi had agreed to any steps to penalize Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government for its 23-day-old war in Ukraine amid heavy bombardment of major cities...

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