Biden tells China Xi about the implications of helping Russia make calls, an official said
Biden tells China Xi about the implications of helping Russia make calls, an official said

Biden tells China Xi about the implications of helping Russia make calls, an official said

President Biden described the implications for Beijing if it decides to provide assistance to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a nearly two-hour phone call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, a senior White House official told reporters.

The official called the conversation “direct”, “substantial”, “detailed” and “sincere”, but would not describe what those implications were.

“I do not intend to publish our options from here,” the official said. “This was, in fact, about President Biden being able to line up very clearly in essential details with a lot of facts … to guide President Xi through the situation.”

The official declined to describe President Xi’s response to the discussion.

The call focused heavily on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the implications for US-China relations and international order, the official said.

Biden reportedly shared a detailed review of how things have developed, emphasizing his support for diplomatic solution, while emphasizing U.S. concerns about Russian disinformation about biological weapons and concerns about repeating that disinformation.

Asked if Biden asked Xi to intercede with Putin, the official said that “the president did not really make specific requests to China.”

“Our view is that China will make its own decisions,” the official said.

While the call focused on Russia and Ukraine, Xi traveled to Taiwan, the official said. Biden reiterated the United States’ long-standing stance on the self-governing territory that China claims.

The official said the leaders assigned their teams to follow up on the conversation for days and weeks to come.

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had sent a similar message Monday during a meeting with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome, a senior administration official told reporters.

The official declined to comment on whether the U.S. has information that China provides or is open to providing Moscow with financial and military assistance, but said Sullivan spoke directly about concerns and the “potential implications and consequences of certain actions.”

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