Biden: China and US military to resume ‘open, clear communications on a direct basis’ – live

Biden: China and US military to resume ‘open, clear communications on a direct basis’ – live

Joe Biden announced that military-to-military contacts will resume between the US and ChinaDuring his San Francisco press conference, the US president said military-to-military contacts will resume between the two countries.

Biden said:

That’s how accidents happen. Misunderstandings. So we’re back to direct, open, clear communications on a direct basis.

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This blog is now closed. Here is our full article on today’s meeting between Biden and Xi:

Julian Borger

Joe Biden has claimed that his summit meeting with Xi Jinping has brought substantial progress, including agreements on limiting narcotics trafficking, restoring militaries lines of communication, and to start talking about the global risks posed by artificial intelligence.

However, it was clear that after more than four hours of talks in a mansion outside San Francisco, the meeting had not brought the US and China any closer on the fate of Taiwan, which Xi reportedly told Biden was “the biggest, most potentially dangerous issue in US-China relations”.

Furthermore, Biden himself risked undoing some of the bridge-building at the summit, the first between the two leaders for a year, with an off-the-cuff response to a reporter’s question at the tail-end of a press conference, in which he confirmed he still looked on Xi as a dictator.

“Look, he is,” the president said. “He’s a dictator in the sense that he’s a guy who runs a country that is a communist country that’s based on a form of government totally different than ours.”

SummaryThis blog is closing shortly. Here is a summary of of the meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping:

US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held their first face-to-face talks in a year on Wednesday, and agreed to open a presidential hotline, resume military-to-military communications and work to curb fentanyl production. Biden and Xi met for about four hours on the outskirts of San Francisco to discuss issues that have strained US-Chinese relations.

The two leaders “agreed Wednesday to resume on the basis of equality and respect high-level military-to-military communication,” Beijing state media said after the meeting. China severed military contact after then-House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August 2022.

Biden announced this in remarks after the talks, saying, “We’re back to direct, open clear direct communication on a direct basis,” and, “That’s how accidents happen […] misunderstandings. So we’re back to direct, open, clear communications on a direct basis.”

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will meet his Chinese counterpart when that person is named, a senior US official said.

Biden said he and Xi agreed to high-level communications. “He and I agreed that each one of us can pick up the phone call directly and we’ll be heard immediately.”

Ahead of the meeting Xi and Biden also pledged to cooperate more closely to fight climate change, both countries said that they would commit to “economy-wide” nationally determined contributions across all greenhouse gases, not just CO2.

During the meeting Xi Jinping called the partnership between the US and China “the most important bilateral relationship in the world”, and said that he and Joe Biden “shoulder heavy responsibilities for the two peoples, for the world and for history”.

Biden emphasised the value of the two leaders speaking in person, telling Xi, “There’s no substitute to face-to-face discussions”. Biden also said, “We have to ensure that competition does not veer into conflict,” and that the two countries, “also have to manage it responsibly … and work together when we see it in our interest to do so.”

Chinese leader Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden at a summit to stop arming Taiwan, Beijing said Thursday. “The US side should… stop arming Taiwan, and support China’s peaceful reunification,” Xi told Biden, according to a readout from China’s foreign ministry. “China will realise reunification, and this is unstoppable,” the Chinese leader said of the future of the self-ruled island, which Beijing has pledged to re-take one day.

When asked by a reporter whether or not he trusted Xi Jinping in the contest of their joint efforts to reduce the flow fentanyl, Biden said, “I know the man, I know his modus operandi…he’s been straight.” He added that he and Xi talked about Taiwan’s election and Biden “expects no interference” from China’s government.

In addition, the summit saw the two men agree to set up joint government talks on the use of artificial intelligence, as well as a working group on counternarcotics cooperation, Xinhua news agency said. They further committed to work towards stepping up scheduled passenger flights between their countries early next year. And they agreed to deepen cooperation on climate change and step up joint efforts ahead of this month’s COP28 summit in Dubai.
Xi told Biden that China did not seek to “surpass or unseat the United States” and stressed that “the United States should not scheme to suppress and contain China”.
“China will not follow the old path of colonisation and plunder, nor will it follow the wrong path of hegemony when a country becomes strong,” Xi said, according to Xinhua. China’s development, he said, “will not be stopped by external forces”.
Xi also warned Washington that Beijing was dissatisfied with sanctions and other measures against its companies. “US actions against China regarding export control, investment screening and unilateral sanctions seriously hurt China’s legitimate interests,” Xi said. “Suppressing China’s science and technology is curbing China’s high-quality development and depriving the Chinese people of their right to development.”

Following the meeting, the White House said that the US president and Chinese president had a “candid and constructive” conversation on a range of issues, including international diplomacy.

Biden also doubled down on comments he made in June calling Xi Jinping a “dictator.” In response to a question from a reporter Biden said, “Well look, he is, he’s a dictator in the sense that he is a guy who runs a country that is a Communist country, based on a form of government that is totally different from ours.”

In addition to fielding questions about his meeting with Xi, Joe Biden was pressed by reporters about the Israel-Hamas war. Among other comments about hostage negotiations and his approval of Benjamin Netanyahu’s military actions Biden said of the Israel-Hamas war, “I don’t know how long it’s going to last but it won’t end until there’s a two-state solution.”

Julian Borger

Joe Biden has presented an unapologetic defence of his refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, arguing that Hamas presented a continuing threat to Israel and that Israeli forces were seeking to avoid civilian casualties.

After a summit meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Apec summit in San Francisco, Biden told reporters on Wednesday night: “Hamas has already said publicly that they plan on attacking Israel again like they did before, cutting babies’ heads off, burning women and children alive. So the idea that they’re going to just stop and not do anything is not realistic.”

Reports that Hamas beheaded babies in the 7 October attack on Israeli civilians remain unconfirmed, though the brutality of the massacre in which about 1,200 people were killed is not in doubt. The Israeli military made the claim in the first few days after 7 October,  » …
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