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Can Biden be believed?

by New Worker correspondent

CHINESE and American leaders held a video summit this week that many hope will avert a disastrous new confrontation across the Pacific. US President Joe Biden told the Chinese side of his administration’s commitment to the US government’s long-standing one-China policy and stated that the USA does not support “Taiwan independence”. He told the Chinese that the USA hopes to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait region and does not aim to change China’s system or enter a conflict with Beijing.

The imperialist leader told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the USA will work with People’s China, based on mutual respect and peaceful coexistence, to increase communication, reduce misperception and handle differences constructively.

Biden called for joint efforts in responding to global challenges such as the COVID‑19 pandemic and climate change during the three-and-a-half hours of talks on Monday that followed a Sino-American deal on cutting emissions that was agreed at the COP26 conference in Glasgow last weekend.

The White House says that during the talks Biden raised the alleged persecution of the Uyghur population in the Xinjiang region, as well as so-called “human rights” violations in Tibet and Hong Kong, amidst reports that US officials are planning to boycott the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing next year over alleged human rights violations.

Both China and the USA are at critical stages of development, and the “global village” of humanity faces multiple challenges, the Chinese president said. As the world’s two largest economies and permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and the USA need to increase communication and co-operation, each run their domestic affairs well and, at the same time, shoulder their share of international responsibilities, and work together to advance the noble cause of world peace and development, Xi told Biden.

Mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win co-operation are three principles in developing China-USA relations in the new era, Xi told Biden.

Highlighting the significance of a sound and steady China-USA relationship, the Chinese communist leader expressed his readiness to work with Biden to build consensus and take active steps to move bilateral ties forwards in a positive direction.

Xi also expressed the hope that Biden will demonstrate “political leadership” to put US policy towards China back on a “rational and practical” track.

“China and the US need to increase communication and co-operation, each run their domestic affairs well and, at the same time, shoulder their share of international responsibilities, and work together to advance the noble cause of world peace and development,” he said.

China’s principled position on the Taiwan question was constant. Xi said that achieving the country’s complete reunification was an aspiration shared by all the people of China. But “should the separatist forces for Taiwan independence provoke us, force our hands or even cross the red line, we will be compelled to take resolute measures”.

The talks were, as the Chinese put it, “candid, constructive, substantive and productive”. But whether they will avert a new Cold War ultimately depends on the sincerity of the American leaders.