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The Chinese president has a tough message: America must step back

Chinese state media reported that the Chinese President, Xian Qing, is expected to warn his US counterpart, Joe Bident, against “backtracking” on the Taiwan issue in their first virtual meeting Monday, Washington time. Watchman.

State media, such as the China Daily, are provided with guidance from the authorities on important issues such as China-US relations, so what has emerged there accurately reflects the priorities of Chinese leaders.

Taiwan is China’s last red line issue

– It is the tabloid published by the ruling Communist Party of China People’s Daily in the editorial of the Global Times on Monday.

In order to reduce the risk of a strategic clash between China and the United States, the latter should back down from the Taiwan issue and exercise restraint.

They added in the paper.

The two executives have spoken twice on the phone since Biden took office in January, but this video conference will be their most important discussion yet.

The talks come after the two countries surprised analysts by agreeing to cooperate at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. However, at the same time, the situation around Taiwan, and therefore between the two superpowers, is escalating, as the island is currently a potential area of ​​clashes between the two countries.

Before the meeting, Fang Jie, China’s foreign minister, told US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that any semblance of support for Taiwan independence represented a “reversion” for the United States. In turn, Blinken expressed concern about the increasing Chinese “military, diplomatic and economic pressure” on the island.

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