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US President warns Jinping, helping Russia will have consequences: White House

The US President also expressed his support for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. (file photo)

Washington/Beijing:

US President Joe Biden on Friday warned his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that if China decides to provide help to Russia, which is carrying out horrific attacks on Ukrainian cities. If it does, it will have some implications and consequences for Beijing. Senior White House officials gave this information. According to officials, the 110-minute-long video call between Biden and Jinping was the first conversation between the two leaders since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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He told reporters that the talks mainly focused on Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine and its implications for the international order, in addition to US-China relations. “President Biden described measures aimed at preventing and responding to attacks, including sanctions on Russia,” officials said. He also explained what the implications and consequences could be if China helped Russia attacking Ukraine. However, a senior Biden administration official later declined to say publicly what the consequences could be for Beijing, a close ally of Moscow.

“I’m not going to publicly share our options here,” he said. China has refrained from condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said much of the conversation was spent outlining the views of the US, its allies and partners on the Ukraine crisis, and Biden told Jinping “how did we get here, what steps did we take”. Why did we go to such an extent?” A senior Biden administration official told reporters that the talks were very clear and during which Biden apprised Jinping of the US assessment of Putin’s moves.

He said that Biden explained to the Chinese President in detail how the situation had reached this stage and what his assessment was about the current situation. He said that in the conversation, the US President also expressed his support for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. According to the official, Biden also referred to the unprecedented coordination between the US and its European, NATO and Indo-Pacific partners on Ukraine and global condemnation of the Russian aggression. He said that the US President expressed concern that Russia was spreading propaganda about fears of the use of biological weapons in Ukraine, which should not be ignored.

The official said that while Jinping raised the issue of Taiwan during the talks, Biden made it clear that the US stood by its one-China policy and was following the Taiwan Relations Act, three joint official notices and six assurances. According to the official, Biden also stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Gulf of Taiwan. At the same time, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that in the conversation, Jinping made it clear that there have been and always will be differences between the US and China, but keeping these differences under control is of utmost importance.

The statement quoted Jinping as saying, “China does not want to see the situation in Ukraine coming to this verge. China is a supporter of peace and opposes war. This sentiment is embedded in the history and culture of China.” “All sides should jointly support Russia and Ukraine in reaching dialogue and reconciliation, which will ensure peace in the region,” Jinping said. The US and NATO should also discuss the Ukraine crisis with Russia, so that the security concerns of Russia and Ukraine can be addressed.

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