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In the United States announced the absence of plans for Biden’s contact with the leader of China

Lines of communication between Beijing and Washington remain open, but there is no information about telephone conversations between state leaders yet. This was announced on Thursday, August 4, by the coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council (NSC) of the United States, John Kirby.

“I have nothing to say about the President’s plans [США]. <...> If the call is the right step, I’m sure the President [Джо] Biden will do it,” he explained, speaking at a briefing at the White House.

At the same time, Kirby noted that the American side does not rule out the possibility of a meeting between the head of the United States and President Xi Jinping.

It became known yesterday that Washington was forced to take urgent measures to avoid an escalation in relations with China against the backdrop of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Thus, the plan of action of the American authorities included, among other things, anonymous meetings between US officials and their counterparts at the Chinese Embassy in Washington.

The Chinese side reacted negatively to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. So, on Wednesday, August 3, Chinese Ambassador to France Liu Shaye accused the United States of increasing tension in the region.

Pelosi’s visit was the first official visit to Taiwan by a speaker of the US House of Representatives in 25 years. The politician arrived on the island a day earlier. Upon her arrival, she officially described her visit to Taiwan as “a testament to the United States’ commitment to supporting Taiwanese democracy.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said in turn that Beijing will take all possible countermeasures in response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

In the US, meanwhile, they believe that China should behave responsibly and not create tension against the backdrop of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the White House National Security Council, noted that Pelosi’s trip does not change anything about the “one China” policy pursued by the United States.

Official relations between the PRC government and its island province were interrupted in 1949, when the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, who lost in a civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Contact between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s.

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