Biden says Taiwan invasion by China not ‘imminent’ after Xi meeting

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Biden says Taiwan invasion by China not 'imminent' after Xi meeting

President Biden said Monday that ​he does not foresee an “imminent attempt” by China to invade Taiwan after he met for roughly three hours with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia. ​

Speaking to reporters after his first face-to-face meeting with Xi since becoming president, Biden shrugged off a question about whether Beijing and Washington were engaged in a new Cold War and said he made it clear in the discussion between the two leaders about where the US stands on self-governing Taiwan.

​”I do not think there’s any imminent attempt on the part of China to invade Taiwan,” Biden said. “And I made it clear that our policy in Taiwan has not changed at all.”

“It’s the same exact position we’ve had made it clear that we want to see cross-strait issues peacefully resolved,” the president continued, adding that he believed Xi “understood exactly what I was saying.”

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Biden met with Xi for more than three hours.
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Joe Biden.
“We want to see cross-strait issues peacefully resolved,” President Biden explained.
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The US observes a so-called “One China” policy, which acknowledges — but does not recognize — Beijing’s claim over the self-covering island.

This is a developing story

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