Joe Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Friday morning. The call lasted over 2 hours, but the white house is mum about the topics they talked about.
Official readout from the White House
• The White House is tight-lipped about Biden’s conversation with Xi.
• Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly evaded questions regarding the phone call with Xi
• China released a readout before the call ended with Biden, unlike Jen Psaki, that waited until 3 hours after the call.
• According to reports, Xi made it clear that China will not impose sanctions on Russia aligned with NATO allies’ sanctions.
• Xi hinted at potential cooperation regarding not sending supplies and arms to Russia amid the invasion.
• A US official said regarding the call, “President Biden made clear the implication and consequences of China providing material support if China were to provide material support to Russia as it prosecutes its brutal war in Ukraine,”
• The US official also said, “the president made clear that you know, there would be there would likely be consequences for, you know, for those who are —who would who would step in to support Russia as time.”
• The US official finished off by saying, “The president really wasn’t making specific requests of China. He was laying out his assessment of the situation, what he thinks makes sense and the implications of certain actions. I think our view is that China will make its own decisions.”
• Biden was asked about the call by CNN, and all he said was that the call went well.
• The Chinese government said in the readout, “Sweeping and indiscriminate sanctions would only make the people suffer,” the Chinese statement went on to say. “If further escalated, they could trigger serious crises in global economy and trade, finance, energy, food, and industrial and supply chains, crippling the already languishing world economy and causing irrevocable losses. The more complex the situation, the greater the need to remain cool-headed and rational.”
• China also said in the readout, “China has been doing its best for peace and will continue to play a constructive role.”
• According to the Chinese, Xi told Biden, “The Ukraine crisis is not something we want to see.”
• China finished off their readout of the call by saying, “as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and the world’s two leading economies, we must not only guide the China-U.S. relations forward along the right track but also shoulder our share of international responsibilities and work for world peace and tranquility.”
• The issue of Taiwan came up according to both sides, but Xi told Biden, “I take these remarks very seriously,” but warned him, “mishandling of the Taiwan question will have a disruptive impact on the bilateral ties.”