President Biden told reporters Tuesday evening that he’s spoken with China’s President Xi Jinping after the Chinese government sent a record 145 fighter planes into the self-governing island’s air defense zone.
Why it matters: China’s growing aggression toward Taiwan is drawing fresh concerns of a war in the region. Asked by a reporter Tuesday for a comment on the provocation, Biden said he had discussed the matter with Xi, per a pool report. “We agree, we will abide by the Taiwan agreement,” Biden continued.
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Between the lines: That’s an apparent reference to a longstanding diplomatic understanding that the U.S. recognizes Beijing as the “sole legal government of China,” without clarifying the United States position on Taiwan’s sovereignty, Bloomberg notes.
The bottom line: “”We made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement,” Biden said.
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