Biden and Xi to Meet, Discuss ‘Red Lines’ on Taiwan, Nukes
U.S. President Joe Biden has announced he’ll meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia for their first in-person meeting since Biden took office. “What I want to do with him when we talk is lay out what each of our red lines are, understand what he believes to be in the critical national interests of China, what I know to be the critical interests of the United States, and to determine whether or not they conflict with one another and, if they do, how to resolve it and how to work it out,” Biden said. Among the key issues to be discussed is the future of Taiwan. The United States maintains agreements with China against unilaterally attempting to change the status quo and will provide arms for Taiwan’s defence. Another critical issue to be discussed is the CCP’s growing nuclear arsenal, which the Pentagon believes will reach at least 1,000 warheads by 2030, reports The Epoch Times. “It remains to be seen whether Xi Jinping has decided or backed off of his initial judgment that he wanted China to have the most powerful military in the world, as well as the largest economy,” Biden said.