Reuters reported that Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping told President Joe Biden that the Taiwan issue should be dealt with correctly to avoid a negative influence on China-U.S. relations. The exchange was made during a video call on Mar. 18 amid heightened tensions between the two countries about the Ukraine war.
Xi said, “Some individuals in the United States are sending the wrong signals to pro-independence forces in Taiwan, and that’s very dangerous.” Xi also hoped that the U.S. would pay due attention to this issue.
He added, “If the Taiwan issue is not handled properly, it will have a subversive impact on the relationship between the two countries.”
According to the White House readout of the call, Biden reiterated that Washington’s policy on Taiwan had remained unchanged. The President also opposed “any unilateral changes to the status quo.”
Just hours before the talk took place, a Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong appeared in the waters near Kinmen, Taiwan. The country’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed the news on the same day and said that the whole process was controlled.
The Chinese regime regards self-governed Taiwan as a part of China and is determined to unify the island.
Over the past two years, the regime has increased military activities near the island by continuously sending Chinese fighter jets towards Taiwan’s air defense zone.