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Biden asks China’s Xi for aid against Russia

Biden asks Chinas Xi for aid against Russia


President Biden on Friday called Chinese President Xi Jinping to request help cutting off Russia with sanctions and a ban on military supplies that could be used in Ukraine — but the call happened as China’s military provocatively sailed an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait.

The video call began at 9:03 a.m., the White House said.

It was not immediately clear if Xi had agreed to any steps to penalize Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government for its 23-day-old war in Ukraine amid heavy bombardment of major cities and widespread civilian casualties.

Putin reportedly is seeking weapons from China, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine also has raised concern about Beijing’s intentions toward Taiwan.

Biden spoke with Xi for the first time in four months just hours after the Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong sailed through the Taiwan Strait trailed by a US Navy destroyer, Reuters reported.

Biden met virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday morning.
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A man removes a destroyed curtain inside a school damaged among other residential buildings in Kyiv.
A man removes a destroyed curtain inside a school damaged among other residential buildings in Kyiv.
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It is unclear what Xi's response was to Biden's request.
It is unclear what Xi’s response was to Biden’s request.
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Taiwan is internationally recognized as part of China, but the island of more than 23 million people has been de facto independent since the Chinese civil war ended in Communist victory on the mainland in the late 1940s.

China has notably not joined the NATO alliance in imposing biting economic sanctions against Russia.

“This is an opportunity for President Biden to assess where President Xi stands,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin waves during a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea on March 18.
Vladimir Putin waves during a concert marking the eighth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea on March 18.
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Ukrainian military members and the police stand next to a dead body of a person killed after shelling by the Russian military.
Ukrainian military members and police stand next to the body of a person killed in shelling by the Russian military.
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A woman cries before starting to clean the site where a bombing damaged residential buildings in Kyiv on Friday morning.
A woman cries before starting to clean the site where a bombing damaged residential buildings in Kyiv on Friday morning.
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“There has been, of course … the absence of denunciation by China of what Russia is doing. This flies in the face, of course, of everything China stands for, including the basic principles of the UN Charter, including the basic principles of respect for sovereignty of nations,” Psaki said.
 
“And so, the fact that China has not denounced what Russia is doing, in and of itself, speaks volumes.  And it also speaks volumes not only in Russia or in Ukraine, but around the world.”

Biden most recently spoke with Xi during a three-and-a-half-hour virtual summit in November.

A map shows the areas of Ukraine under threat by Russian forces.
A map shows the areas of Ukraine under threat by Russian forces.
A police officer walks at the site of a bombed-out building in Kyiv.
A police officer walks at the site of a bombed-out building in Kyiv.
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An interior of the damaged buildings at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.
An interior of the damaged buildings at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
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In response to a question from The Post, Biden claimed in January that he pressed Xi to be transparent on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic during that call, which the US intelligence community believes may have started even though Psaki had given reporters the opposite impression. Biden said his own press team was unaware of him doing so because they weren’t in the room for the exchange.

First son Hunter Biden’s attorney Chris Clark said less than a week after President Biden’s November summit with Xi that he divested a 10 percent stake in an investment fund controlled by Chinese state-owned entities. Hunter Biden and the White House provided no further details. That firm, BHR Partners, was registered 12 days after Hunter joined Vice President Biden aboard Air Force Two for a 2013 trip to Beijing.



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