Bali conclusion: it was a Renaissance Versailles, Xi Jinping points out to Biden an “impassable red line” in Sino-American relations.
Published on 21.11.2022
Conclusion of the G20 in Bali:
Bali was like Versailles reborn, and Xi Jinping was like Louis XIV, the Sun King, surrounded by European leaders vying for his ray of grace to touch them.
All the European leaders present at the G20 summit wanted to meet one-on-one with Chinese President Xi Jinping after his nearly three-year quarantine. But not everyone was entitled to this grace.
US President Joe Biden spent three and a half hours with Xi, while the French president had to settle for 43 minutes (always respectable).
China has clearly resumed its longstanding tactic courting certain EU countries and their national interests, which it has often used to destabilize Brussels.
Macron desperately needed that airtime with Xi as Americans and Germans dominated the headlines.
If Macron claimed that Xi agreed with him to “call for respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”, China’s own message made no mention of it, saying only: “China supports a ceasefire, an end to the conflict and peace negotiations. »
Sputnik reports that the meeting between the Chinese and American Presidents on the sidelines of the G20 was expected by many. Besides the question of Ukraine, Xi Jinping and Joe Biden discussed Sino-American relations and the Chinese leader told his counterpart the red line not to cross.
“President Xi Jinping has made it clear that the Taiwan issue is at the heart of China’s core interests. It is a political foundation and an impassable red line in Sino-US relations,” said a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
The Chinese leader further stressed that Taiwan’s independence was “incompatible with peace and stability” in the region.
The Middle Kingdom called on the American side to respect the three joint communiqués, documents signed in the years 1970-1980, by which Washington recognized the principle of one China.
Rise of Perils
Tensions around Taiwan increased last August, with the visit to the island of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
A move taken as a provocation by Beijing, which had subsequently conducted major military exercises in the Taiwan Strait.
At the beginning of October, Xi Jinping – freshly re-elected – had again hammered home the Chinese desire for reunification, not excluding the use of force to achieve this.
Statements that put Washington on the alert. Tensions have increased, recently admitted Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of US Naval Operations, who saw the conflict looming on the horizon 2027, or even as early as 2023.
Taiwan had added salt to the wounds again in mid-October, by coming to flirt with Washington on the Ukrainian file.
Russia, for its part, recognizes the one-China policy and had denounced the arrival of American representatives on the island.