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President Biden, Xi exchange warnings on Taiwan yet agree to explore in-person talks

All broadcasters reported on President Biden’s teleconference with Chinese leader Xi on Thursday. The networks said President Biden expressed opposition to unilateral efforts to change the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and Xi reacted sharply to what he called U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of China. However, the two leaders agreed to continue communications and explore the possibility of meeting in-person in the future, the networks said. The broadcasters said the White House released a readout of the talks afterward saying: “On Taiwan, President Biden underscored that the United States policy has not changed and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.” In response, China’s Foreign Ministry released a statement saying that Xi told President Biden: “Those who play with fire will perish by it.” NHK said that amid Beijing’s strong warning that House speaker Nancy Pelosi should not visit Taiwan, the difference of opinions between the U.S. and Chinese leaders over Taiwan was highlighted once again during the call.

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