Washington and Beijing are working to organize another call between the American president Joe Biden and its Chinese counterpart Xi JinpingThe White House said this Saturday.
The two sides are carrying out a “additional high-level diplomacy“, according to the White House statement, “including through a call between President Biden and President Xi”.
China and the United States said that the top diplomat Wang Yi and the national security advisor of the United States, Jake Sullivanthey held conversations “frank and substantive” in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, with the question of Taiwan in the center after the recent elections there.
Beijing and Washington have clashed in recent years over hot-button issues, from technology and trade to human rights, as well as over the self-governing island and competing claims in the South China Sea.
Relations have stabilized to some extent since US President, Joe Bidenmet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinpingin San Francisco in November for talks that both sides described as a qualified success.
Wang and SullivanThey maintained sincere, substantive and fruitful strategic communication on the implementation of the consensus reached at the San Francisco meeting; and on the proper handling of important and sensitive issues in China-US relations,” according to a statement posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website on Saturday.
The two sides will work to establish a call between Xi and Bidensaid the White House in a statement also published this Saturday, as part of efforts to carry out a “high level diplomacy”.
Echoing the Chinese side’s description of the talks, the White House added that the meeting was “part of the effort to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage competition in the relationship” between the two countries.
The two powers have recently clashed again over the autonomous government of Taiwan, which China claims as its territory and where elections were held this month. The Democratic Progressive Party, which rejects China’s claim to the island, won a third term.
In the run-up to the elections, Chinese officials criticized president-elect Lai Ching-te as a “dangerous separatist” that would lead Taiwan down the “bad path” of independence.
This week two US lawmakers met with Lai to reaffirm Washington’s support for Taiwan.
This is the second American group to arrive since the elections. The first was an unofficial delegation sent by Biden to congratulate Lai two days after the vote.
During the latest talks, Wang stressed that Taiwan was “China’s internal matter, and regional elections in Taiwan cannot change the basic reality that Taiwan is part of China,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The biggest risk to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is the so-called ‘Taiwan independence’ movement. The biggest challenge to China-US relations is also the ‘Taiwan independence’ movement,” he added.
Sullivanstressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”according to the White House, which did not provide further details on the issue.
The two-day talks also addressed issues of Middle East, Ukraine, North Korea, South China Sea and other international affairsboth parties said.
(With information from AFP)