Biden Says Xi 'Still a Dictator' But Says Economic Ties With Asia Remain
Xi Hopes for 'Peaceful Reunification' with Taiwan, Outlined Force Conditions
Despite the "carefully planned summit" held between the United States and China this past week, the U.S. President Joe Biden maintains his position that Chinese President Xi Jinping is a "dictator." However, the president also confired that the U.S. has no intentions to abandon its economic ties with the region.
During the summit, Taiwan was discussed. Xi has no immediate plans for military action against Taiwan shortly, according to a US official.
The remarks were made during a meeting between President Xi and US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
President Xi expressed his hope for a peaceful reunification with Taiwan but also outlined conditions where force might be used, claiming that the fate of the island posed the biggest threat to US-China relations.
President Biden responded by stating that the U.S. is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region through the status quo and respecting Taiwan's elections. The U.S. has maintained a delicate "One China" policy for decades, recognizing the People's Republic of China as the legitimate government while acknowledging the dispute over Taiwan's status and maintaining an unofficial relationship with the island.
The meeting between the two leaders highlights the ongoing tensions between China and Taiwan and the importance of maintaining regional stability.