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Biden's call with Xi Jinping concentrated on areas of U.S.-China cooperation, not just stress

U.S.-China cooperation was the focus of Biden's call with Xi Jinping

July 29, 2022: -On Wednesday, President Joe Biden’s forthcoming call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping will concentrate on potential cooperation between the U.S. and China, the White House said, even as diplomatic relations between the two nations are frightened by tension over Russia and intellectual property conflicts and even espionage.

“There is an awful in the bilateral relationship amid the United States and China for these two leaders to talk regarding,” said National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, which that the call would take place “in the future days” and would be Biden and Xi’s 5th leader-to-leader conversation.

As increasing strains amid Washington and Beijing dominated news headlines, Kirby is insisting that there was an inherent value held a call, even if Biden and Xi are fixing any of their myriad issues of disagreement.

“That’s the essential thing; the president wanted to make certain the lines of contact with President Xi remain open amid that they need to,” said Kirby.

“There are issues where we can cooperate with China on, and then obviously there are cases where there’s friction and tension,” he told reporters at the White House daily press briefing.

He further said tension regarding China’s treatment of Taiwan, China’s “aggressive and coercive behavior in the Indo-Pacific outside of Taiwan,” economic issues, and the unwillingness to condemn Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine as potential sticking points for China.

‘I would expect of these things to be part and plot of this conversation,” Kirby said.

The former Defense Department spokesman sought to downplay a source of bilateral tension, A U.S. congressional trip to Taiwan, which reportedly was led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Pelosi has neither confirmed nor rejected the widely gossiped trip, and it is not on the official itinerary of her journey to Asia in early August; only Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia are on the list.

Pressed by reporters regarding a potential stop in Taiwan, Pelosi said Wednesday that she does not discuss her travel plans as doing so poses a security risk.

Nonetheless, Beijing has been critical of even the prospect of a Pelosi visit to Taiwan, which argued that it would signal tacit U.S. support for the independence movement inside Taiwan, as Beijing considers existential blame to Chinese sovereignty.

“Should the U.S. side insist on visiting, China will act strongly to reply to it and take countermeasures,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin added.

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