Taiwan and Nuclear Weapons: Highlights of next week's meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wang Yi, and the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, held a telephone conversation this Saturday before the videoconference of the leaders.

The tensions between China and the United States on behalf of Taiwan and the Iranian nuclear program will be, among others, the topics that the Chinese leaders, Xi Jinping, and the United States, Joe Biden, will discuss in the virtual meeting they will hold next week.

Through a statement published on its website, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that its head, Wang Yi, and the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, held a telephone conversation on Saturday before the videoconference between Xi and Biden next Tuesday morning (Beijing time; Monday night Washington time).

According to the text of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Blinken and Wang "exchanged opinions on issues such as energy security, climate change, Iran's nuclear issues," in addition to the thorny issue of Taiwan, which Beijing considers to be its sovereignty. At the same time, The island has been governed autonomously since 1949.

For its part, the United States maintains an ambiguous relationship with Taiwan. Although it broke its official diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979 in favor of Beijing, it maintains informal relations with the island. It has sold military equipment to the Taiwanese authorities.

Wang said that "the independence of Taiwan is the greatest threat to the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait" and that the US should stop sending "misleading signals to the independence forces of Taiwan."

"The two heads of state play a key role in straightening out relations between China and the United States," the text added.

Relations between the two largest economies on the planet were seriously damaged during former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021), who started a trade war with China in March 2018 that later expanded to fields such as diplomatic or military. Technological.

US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will hold a virtual meeting "in the afternoon" on Monday, November 15. The White House said Friday, amid mounting bilateral tensions over Taiwan. Humans and commerce.

"The two leaders will discuss ways to manage competition" between the two powers responsibly,  White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Relations between the world's two largest economies have deteriorated in recent weeks, particularly over Taiwan, whose territory China claims, which carried out a record number of air raids near the island last month.