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President Joe Biden spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping by phone on Friday and laid down the law, vowing that there will be “consequences” for the communist regime if it acts to assist Russia which is facing international condemnation after it invaded neighboring Ukraine.
In the high-stakes call between the two global leaders that reportedly lasted nearly two hours, Biden put Xi on notice that making any moves to bail out Russian leader Vladimir Putin won’t be well received by the United States which, along with other NATO members and major corporations that are an integral component of the “public-private partnership,” have acted with unity to level harsh economic punishments against the Russian aggression.
According to a White House readout of the call, “President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The conversation focused on Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. President Biden outlined the views of the United States and our Allies and partners on this crisis.”
President Biden spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China about Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/SnpgobFiPz
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 18, 2022
“President Biden detailed our efforts to prevent and then respond to the invasion, including by imposing costs on Russia,” the White House said. “He described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians. The President underscored his support for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis. The two leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining open lines of communication, to manage the competition between our two countries.”
“The President reiterated that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed, and emphasized that the United States continues to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo. The two leaders tasked their teams to follow up on today’s conversation in the critical period ahead,” the read-out continued, a reference to the potential future crisis between China and the island republic which experts fear could be the next flashpoint.
More extensive details of Biden’s virtual pow-wow with President Xi remain elusive. “The president wasn’t really making specific requests of China,” a senior administration official said, according to CBS News. “He was laying out his assessment of the situation.”
During the daily White House press briefing, Biden’s top flack Jen Psaki was evasive when asked about what a “red line” would be regarding China’s lending a helping hand to Putin when a reporter tried to pin her down.
Jen Psaki refuses to give an exact response on what a red line looks like if China were to align with Russia. pic.twitter.com/xXqx0LGUK7
— MRCTV (@mrctv) March 18, 2022
The normally glib Psaki struggled to provide a definitive answer, instead vomiting up a nearly incomprehensible word salad.
“…the, um, the um…the…the movement of uh… of uh China to align with Russia or to, um…yeah, the movement to align with Russia or their, their proximity of moving closer together is certainly of great concern to us as we’ve expressed and we are not the only country that has expressed that concern,” she said, “including many other members of the G7 have expressed exactly that concern, so this is part of the discussion, has been a part of the discussion expect, it certainly would be when the president goes to Europe, uh next week but we’re not in a place at this point to outline the specifics we’re still discussing.”
Fox News reported that “Shortly after the conclusion of the meeting, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Xi underscored the ‘severe challenges’ around the globe.”
“The Ukraine crisis is something we don’t want to see,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported Xi said. “Relevant events once again show that state-to-state relations cannot go to the point of confrontation. Conflict and confrontation are not in anyone’s interests. Peace and security are the most treasured treasures of the international community,” according to Fox News.
(Video: Fox News)
Brian Kilmeade, filling in for Laura Ingraham on Friday’s “The Ingraham Angle,” criticized the spin that the White House press secretary put on Biden’s call.
“Can we possibly not get spin just one time? Can we just get the facts?” he asked. “It should be noted that the Biden administration has issued warning after warning to Beijing over Ukraine and everything else, and Beijing ignored that. In fact, they usually come back with sarcastic retorts. Now, the Chinese came away from this meeting, clearly thinking they had the upper hand.”
Putin’s invasion continues although he has now reportedly given a list of demands to Ukraine to end the conflict to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a Thursday phone call.
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