Joe Biden announces a “thaw very soon” in relations between Washington and Beijing
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Relations between Washington and Beijing are at their lowest, but the American president estimated on Sunday that relations between the two countries should know “a thaw very soon”.
US President Joe Biden said on Sunday May 21 that relations between the United States and China should experience a “thaw very soon”.
During this statement, Joe Biden referred to the alleged Chinese spy balloon that Washington shot down last February. “He was shot and everything changed in terms of dialogue. I think you will see the beginning of a thaw very soon,” the head of state told reporters after the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan. Japan.
Washington’s decision to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon that allegedly flew over the United States in February sparked a diplomatic row between the two powers. A visit to Beijing by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which had been heralded as an opportunity to improve relations, was canceled after the incident.
Direct line of communication
During a press conference on Sunday after the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Joe Biden was asked why the direct line of communication between the United States and China was not not operational.
“You’re right, we should have an open hotline. At the Bali conference, that’s what President Xi and I agreed to do and meet,” he said. “And then this stupid balloon ‘carrying’ spy equipment” ‘flew over the United States,’ Joe Biden added.
The Biden administration has also infuriated China by cracking down on trade in semiconductors that Washington says carry risks of military use.
The US president defended the actions on Sunday, a day after the G7 warned China against its “militarization activities” in the region. “China is developing its military, and that’s why I made it clear that I was not ready to trade on certain items with them,” he said.
“We got a commitment from all of our allies that they won’t do that either, that they won’t provide that kind of material. But this is not a hostile act, it’s an act that says: “We’re going to make sure we do everything in our power to maintain the status quo.”