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Those who play with fire will get burned, says Xi on Taiwan, Biden bats for ‘avoiding conflict’

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that support for Taiwanese independence would be “like playing with fire”, over a video call on Tuesday, India Today reported.

The two leaders spoke for over three hours in their first virtual summit, convened from the Roosevelt Room in the White House and the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Xi Jinping was quoted by state media agency Xinhua saying that “Taiwanese authorities have repeatedly tried to rely on the US for independence”.

He also said that “some people in the US intend to use Taiwan to control China.

“This trend is very dangerous and is like playing with fire, and those who play with fire will get burned,” he added.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping opened a virtual summit Monday with an appeal for better communication between the superpowers and “guardrails” to avoid conflict.

Speaking from the White House to Xi on a television screen, Biden said they must develop “guardrails to ensure that the competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended,” India Today reported.

Xi referred to Biden as “my old friend,” but said the rivals must work more closely.

He further added that “China and the United States need to increase communication and cooperation”.

 

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