Biden, Xi Speak Amid Rising Tensions

Headline Roundup July 28th, 2022

President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held the fifth conversation of their presidencies Thursday amid rising geopolitical tensions.

The main source of U.S.-China tension currently is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rumored upcoming visit to Taiwan. China sees the trip as a potential act against its government, which claims Taiwan is its own territory; Taiwan's government considers itself a sovereign nation. Chinese state media said Xi warned Biden during the call about "playing with fire" over Taiwan. The White House said it would soon provide a readout of the call.

The U.S. employs "strategic ambiguity" in the China-Taiwan dispute, recognizing that China's government sees Taiwan as under its rule while maintaining unofficial relations with Taiwan. Some U.S. politicians openly advocate for Taiwan's independence from China, and Pelosi's planned trip has garnered support from some conservatives and Republican lawmakers.

Coverage across the political spectrum focused on how the call came amid tensions over Taiwan, Pelosi's possible visit, global supply chain issues and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which some speculate may encourage China to take Taiwan by force. Some reports from right-rated outlets highlighted voices, such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who criticized the call as a win for China.

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President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke Thursday amid growing tensions between the two countries around Taiwan, the economy and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The call, Biden's fifth with Xi, lasted over two hours, though past calls have lasted around as long because the conversations need to be translated. The two leaders discussed a number of issues hanging over both Biden and Xi at home and abroad, including the economic slowdowns facing both countries, the effects of Russia's invasion and the continuing Covid pandemic.

The two leaders also discussed...

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a fifth call as leaders on Thursday, and Xi warned against "playing with fire" over Taiwan, as concerns mounted over a possible visit to Chinese-claimed island by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Chinese state media said Xi told Biden that the United States should abide by the "one-China principle" and stressed that China firmly opposed Taiwanese independence and interference of external forces.

Beijing has issued escalating warnings about repercussions should Pelosi - a Democrat like Biden - visit Taiwan, a...

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From the Right
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., ripped President Joe Biden's phone call with China's President Xi Jinping.

The call, which was scheduled for Thursday morning, is a "win" for China, Rubio said.

"The phone call itself is a win for Xi, who is facing real political pressure in the lead up to the 20th Party Congress and rising discontent across the country," Rubio said in a statement released by his office Wednesday.

"Under no circumstances should President Biden waive any tariffs, beg Beijing for refined petroleum, or praise Xi's fake climate commitments. Instead, the...

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