Joe said Happy Lunar New Year to Xi and Xi told Joe to cooperate

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Biden spoke with China’s President Xi. He said he told him of his concerns about China’s actions.  Beijing claims they told him they expect him to stay out of China’s business. Sounds like it went the way one would expect from Joe. We’re off to a bad start in foreign affairs.

In a Wednesday night tweet, Biden said that he spoke with President Xi. He offered “good wishes to the Chinese people for Lunar New Year.” He also shared concerns “about Beijing’s economic practices, human rights abuses, and coercion of Taiwan” and told him that Biden “will work with China when it benefits the American people.” That sounds good, but wait.

According to an account of the conversation on Chinese state television, Xi said that “cooperation was the only choice and that the two countries need to properly manage disputes in a constructive manner.” Xi also told Biden that “confrontation between China and the United States would be a disaster and the two sides should re-establish the means to avoid misjudgments.”

Xi also said Beijing and Washington should re-establish various mechanisms for dialogue in order to understand each others’ intentions and avoid misunderstandings, the report said.

Xi allegedly told Biden that he hopes the United States will cautiously handle matters related to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang that deal with matters of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Beijing’s version is in line with what Xi has been saying all along.

Well, we’re off to a rollicking bad start. Hong Kong and Taiwan are as good as lost.


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