The US and Chinese presidents discussed Taiwan, artificial intelligence and security issues

Biden confirmed the long-standing policy of the US - "One China", but reiterated that the US opposes any means of coercion to bring Taiwan under Beijing's control. China considers Taiwan an internal issue and strongly protests US support for the island

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Xi and Biden (archive), Photo: Reuters
Xi and Biden (archive), Photo: Reuters
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The presidents of the US and China, Joseph Biden and Xi Jinping, discussed Taiwan, artificial intelligence and security issues today, in a telephone conversation that should signal a return to regular dialogue between the two powers.

It was their first phone conversation since a November summit in California that saw renewed military ties between the two countries and pledges to improve cooperation to stem the flow of deadly fentanyl from China.

The call came before the announced visit to China on Thursday by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. A visit by the head of American diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, is also planned in the coming weeks.

Biden has pushed for sustained dialogue at all levels of government, believing it is key to keeping the competition between the two giant economies and nuclear powers from escalating tensions.

The presidents discussed Taiwan ahead of the inauguration of the island's president-elect Lai Ching Teo in May. Lai promised to preserve Taiwan's de facto independence from China.

Biden confirmed the long-standing policy of the US - "One China", but reiterated that the US opposes any means of coercion to bring Taiwan under Beijing's control. China considers Taiwan an internal issue and strongly protests US support for the island.

In his conversation with Xi, Biden asked China to do more to fulfill its obligations to stop the flow of illegal narcotics and prevent their export. The promise was made at a summit in California last year.

The American president warned Xi about interference in the presidential elections in the US scheduled for this year in November, as well as about continuous malicious cyber attacks on American infrastructure.

Biden has raised concerns about human rights in China, including Hong Kong's new restrictive national security law and China's treatment of minority groups. Biden also mentioned the difficult situation of Americans detained in China or who are prohibited from leaving China.

The US president also spoke about the relationship between China and Russia, which wants to rebuild its industry as it moves forward with its invasion of Ukraine.

Biden also urged Beijing to use its influence over North Korea to rein in the isolated and volatile nuclear country.

The US president has expressed concern about China's "unfair economic practices", an unnamed US official said.

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