The President of the United States, Joe Biden, said this Wednesday (15) that the country will once again have direct and clear military communication with China.
The North American leader’s speech took place after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.
“We are resuming military communication. As you know, this has been interrupted and it is worrying, because accidents and disagreements also happen. We will now have direct and clear communication,” Biden said.
“Crucial miscalculations on either side can cause very real problems for a country like China or any other major country,” he continued.
The two countries gradually restored communications after Beijing severed those ties in August 2022 following a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
The island was the subject of conversations between the two presidents.
“It is also important to talk about peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Of course, we oppose China’s attitude and will continue to confront it,” he explained.
Recently, Beijing said it would “show no mercy” against any move aimed at Taiwan’s independence, referring to the self-governing island that China’s ruling Communist Party claims as its own.
“I reiterated what I have said since I became president, and what all previous presidents have said recently: that we maintain agreement on the one-China policy,” Biden said.
In the politics of “One China”, the United States recognizes China’s position that Taiwan is part of the country, but they have never officially recognized Beijing’s claims to the island.
*With information from Eric Cheung and Nectar Gan of CNN