Biden Cautioned Xi Jinping over China’s Backing of Russia

US President Joe Biden and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping discuss contentious global issues, including Russia’s support from China during the ongoing war in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden had a call with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, where he raised concerns about China’s support for Russia amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. This was their first conversation since their summit in California last November and was intended as a “check-in” as global tensions rise. During the hour and 45-minute discussion, Biden and Xi addressed several contentious issues, including the partnership between China and Russia.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago has seen China continue to support the country economically, providing an alternative market for Russian goods that have been banned in the West. This support has helped Russia navigate Western sanctions and rebuild its defense industry during a critical period in the conflict. However, Russia’s ability to diversify its trade partnerships has been crucial in sustaining its economy amid ongoing global scrutiny.

China’s backing has played a significant role in this strategy, with Chinese firms engaging in lucrative trade deals with Russian companies to access energy supplies and provide essential resources to Russia. This cooperation has allowed Russia to evade some of the economic pressures imposed by Western countries. The conversation between Biden and Xi also touched on several potential flashpoints between the US and China, such as Taiwan, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and conflicts in other regions like Israel and Gaza.

Despite these differences, the leaders have previously discussed these issues during their interactions in 2022, highlighting the complex dynamics at play in their relationship. Overall, the call between Biden and Xi underscored the delicate balance of power between the two superpowers and the need for ongoing dialogue to address shared concerns and manage potential conflicts effectively.

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