Washington: US President Joe Biden has expressed his elementary considerations about China’s coercive and unfair commerce practices, its crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang and more and more assertive actions in the area in his first telephonic dialog along with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
The cellphone name between the 2 leaders got here hours after the Pentagon introduced a activity power on China. This was the first cellphone name between the 2 leaders after Biden was sworn in as the forty sixth President of the United States on January 20.
During the cellphone name, Biden shared his greetings and properly needs with the Chinese individuals on the event of Lunar New Year. Biden affirmed his priorities of defending the American individuals’s safety, prosperity, well being, and lifestyle, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific, the White House mentioned in a readout of the decision.
China claims nearly all the 1.3 million square-mile South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has been constructing navy bases on synthetic islands in the area additionally claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
“President Biden underscored his elementary considerations about Beijing’s coercive and unfair financial practices, the crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and more and more assertive actions in the area, together with towards Taiwan,” the White House mentioned.
The militaries of China and India have been engaged in a tense standoff in japanese Ladakh since early May final yr. Biden had earlier mentioned he wouldn’t instantly cancel the commerce settlement that former President Donald Trump struck with China nor take steps to take away tariffs on Chinese exports.
His administration is planning a sweeping assessment of the earlier Trump administration’s posture towards China, together with its crackdown on unfair commerce practices and antagonistic navy actions in Asia.
China has confronted extreme criticism from Western nations, together with the US, over persistent reviews of the mass detention of Uighurs and different minorities in Xinjiang. Biden administration officers have additionally condemned China’s assaults on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
China has ramped up a crackdown in Hong Kong after imposing a brand new regulation towards subversion following main protests in the town. The two nations even have variations over Taiwan.
China resents US assist for Taiwan, which Beijing views as a insurgent province that have to be reunified with the mainland, even by power. During the cellphone name, Biden and Xi additionally exchanged views on countering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shared challenges of worldwide well being safety, local weather change, and stopping weapons proliferation.
“Biden is dedicated to pursuing sensible, results-oriented engagements when it advances the pursuits of the American individuals and people of our allies,” the White House mentioned. Biden’s name with Xi comes after his dialog with the leaders of his key allies and mates in Indo-Pacific: Australia, Japan, India and South Korea.
(With Agency inputs)