World Biden told China's Xi that U.S. opposes efforts to change Taiwan status quo, White House says
Taiwan holds drills amid Pelosi visit concern, China tension
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan’s capital staged air raid drills Monday and its military mobilized for routine defense exercises, coinciding with concerns over a forceful Chinese response to a possible visit to the island by U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. While there was no direct link between China’s renewed threats and Taiwan’s defensive moves, they underscore the possibility of a renewed crisis in the Taiwan Strait, considered a potential hotspot for conflict that could envelop the entire region.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden told China's Xi Jinping on Thursday that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed and that Washington strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, the White House said.
In a phone call, the two leaders "discussed a range of issues important to the bilateral relationship and other regional and global issues, and tasked their teams to continue following up on today's conversation, in particular to address climate change and health security," the White House said in a statement.
China vows 'consequences' if Pelosi visits Taiwan
The Chinese military says it will not sit idly by if the US Speaker visits the self-governing island democracy.On Monday, China warned of "serious consequences" if Nancy Pelosi were to proceed with a visit to Taiwan in the coming weeks.
Video: Biden to talk trade and Taiwan with Xi: sources (Reuters)
The White House readout of the leaders' phone call made no mention of potential tariff cuts by Washington.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Ismail Shakil; editing by Susan Heavey; Writing by Rami Ayyub)
Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan Visit: Chinese Military to Conduct Drills Around Taiwan .
The White House warns China not to use the trip as a "pretext to increase aggressive military activity" near Taiwan.Before arriving in Taiwan, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped in Malaysia.