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Biden Holds First Phone Call With Xi, Both Sides Offer Vastly Different Accounts Of What Was Said

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Nearly a month after his inauguration and more than three months since the presidential election, Joe Biden held his first call with Xi Jinping since entering the White House, just days after his secretary of state warned Beijing that Washington would hold China accountable for its “abuses”.

In a Wednesday night tweet, Biden said that he spoke today with President Xi “to offer good wishes to the Chinese people for Lunar New Year.” He also shared concerns “about Beijing’s economic practices, human rights abuses, and coercion of Taiwan” and told him that Biden “will work with China when it benefits the American people.”

The White house also chimed in saying that “President Biden underscored his fundamental concerns about Beijing’s coercive and unfair economic practices, crackdown in Hong Kong, human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and increasingly assertive actions in the region, including toward Taiwan. President Biden committed to pursuing practical, results-oriented engagements when it advances the interests of the American people and those of our allies.”

“The two leaders also exchanged views on countering the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shared challenges of global health security, climate change, and preventing weapons proliferation. President Biden committed to pursuing practical, results-oriented engagements when it advances the interests of the American people and those of our allies” the White House said.

The call, however, had vastly different content when retold from China’s side.

According to an account of the conversation reported by Chinese state television, Xi said that “cooperation was the only choice and that the two countries need to properly manage disputes in a constructive manner.” Xi also told Biden that “confrontation between China and the United States would be a disaster and the two sides should re-establish the means to avoid misjudgments.”

Xi also said Beijing and Washington should re-establish various mechanisms for dialogue in order to understand each others’ intentions and avoid misunderstandings, the report said.

Finally, and most bizarrely, Xi told Biden that he hopes the United States will cautiously handle matters related to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang that deal with matters of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Quite the opposite of what Biden reportedly told Xi…

How is it possible that both sides came away with such profoundly different summaries of what was said: maybe the two were talking without a translator?

Ahead of the call, a senior US official said Biden had planned to raise a number of issues with Xi, including China’s crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and its repression of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang. It wasn’t clear if Hunter Biden was also discussed.

“The president will raise [Hong Kong and Xinjiang] directly with Xi Jinping on the call . . . and indicate that this is not just about American values, it’s about universal values,” the official said. “It is about obligations that China itself has signed on to with respect to core international agreements.”

Biden’s secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, angered the Chinese last month when speaking to his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, in the first high-level interaction between the countries since Biden became president, Blinken said the US viewed the detention of an estimated 1 million Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang as “genocide”.

China’s treatment of its Muslim population has sparked calls for countries to boycott the 2022 winter Olympics in Beijing. Asked if Biden would raise the games in the call, the senior US official said it would “not be on the agenda”. In fact, we doubt that any truly controversial topics were breached for the reason discussed in “Blockbuster Report Reveals How Biden Family Was Compromised By China.

Meanwhile, relations between China and the US remain at rock bottom. After years of escalating trade wars between Trump and Xi, the Financial Times reported that Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan’s air defence zone just after Biden’s inauguration and simulated missile attacks on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. Which may explain why the US has now sent a second aircraft carrier in the South China Sea where it is holding naval exercises even as Beijing blasts the “blow to peace and stability.”

On Sunday, Biden told CBS News that China would face “extreme competition” from the US. While he praised his Chinese counterpart — whom he knows from his time as Barack Obama’s vice-president — as “very bright”, he said he “doesn’t have a democratic . . . bone in his body”.

Just a few days prior, Blinken told Yang the US would stand up for democracy and human rights, signalling a hawkish stance towards China. “I made clear the US will . . . hold Beijing accountable for its abuses of the international system,” Blinken wrote on Twitter following the call. In response, Yang warned the US not to interfere in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, saying “no one can stop the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”.

It’s unclear if that means that “10 for the big guy” will now stop.

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Proud Hindu

The US is sharpening its knife to cut the Chinese snake :)

JIMI JAMES

US may try,but their only future is try to sell magic snake skin oil to combat corona too:
Same boring formula,the world needs to move forward,usa has too many air head issues:

HB_Norica

The USA is sharpening a knife all right but it’s being used to incise their own people and suck them dry before the big pop occurs. All this talk about rights and freedom is just lip service … a distraction to keep Americans engaged and distracted while their pockets are being picked clean.

Arch Bungle

Chinese Dragon. Knives don’t work on dragons.

Tommy Jensen

St. George?

Arch Bungle

Christian Heroes are long gone from the West.

The Jews murdered them all,

… as they murdered the original Christian Hero.

johnny rotten

After a minute Xi turned to his collaborators saying: someone who has the wrong number, you don’t even understand what language he speaks, please call me the President of the USA.

BMWA1

I just hope for sake of World Peace that Xi listens to Tommy Jensen and Great Khan advizes and logics.

William D

Freedom wins and China loses. China can only win if oppression/surveillance state/cultural genocide wins. Fee Xinxiang. Free Tibet. Free the Chinese/Hong Kong from their leaders

JIMI JAMES

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Nup! Usa just about created all genocides post ww2,screw the fake news too:

Séamus Ó Néill

Try freeing your own mind….if you’re intelligent enough to seperate fact from fiction.

Arch Bungle

Free Palestine!
Free Gaza!
Free Syria!
Free Shabaa Farms.
Free the golan!
Free Iraq!
Free Guantanamo Bay!
Free The American Indians!
Free the Marshall Islanders
Free Las Malvinas!
Free Guam!
Free South Korea!
….

William D

and free China

Arch Bungle

No need. Mao already booted out the white man.

JIMI JAMES

I’d go with the word of the statesman,than the word of illegit criminal presidency,any time,any day!

Séamus Ó Néill

When has an American, President or otherwise, been known not to lie. It’s a trait they inherited from perfidious Albion.

verner

and the outright thievery from the jews and the murders, the same.

Lazy Gamer

Last new year, there was Covid. Today we will have???

Tommy Jensen

An assault ship with 6 helicopters? World’s biggest?

HiaNd

No it is a category of the ships (in its category).
They are not as big as air-carriers they come smaller.
Example US super carriers are 100 000 tons and this ship is only 40 000 + tons (definitive size of the ship is still secrete because in process of building)

verner

since the white house moron is semi-dement it’s not possible to put much trust in what he says he said whereas Xi is considerably more up to date in the brain department so can be strusted further than you can throw him. the semi-dement moron will soon be fully dement in which case we will have a self-proclaimed jew steering the capsizing former world power.

Arch Bungle

The difference in capability, integrity and intelligence between Biden and Xi is measured in Light Years.

Xi is a highly qualified and trained professional who manages a population of 1.3 billion people, the biggest economy in the world (by some measures), the country with the biggest manufacturing capacity, a civilisation in process of the biggest technological leap of it’s history, during a time of global epidemic.

Biden is a fart in the wind (as was trump before him).

Tommy Jensen

Exactly what I have been saying. Its not about American values but about Universal values.
Xi must understand that global people demand freedom and cannot live on Ying Yang and Chinese regime noodle soup alone.
Xi must stop the genocide of 6 million Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang gassed in ovens, introduce free trade of opium for the suppressed Chinese people, and allow for an open free usury society for the global community.
Everything else will end up in a disaster for China if they dont listen to Biden and Women in Power.

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