- China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi warned the Biden administration not to cross Beijing’s “red line” in a half-hour speech on the evening of Feb. 1.
- Jiechi instructed United States that it should “strictly abide by the One China principle” with regards to Taiwan, at a dinner hosted by the U.S.-China Business Council and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in Washington.
Washington DC, Feb.4.– Xi Jinping's most senior diplomat issued a pointed warning to President Joe Biden about China's "red lines" on Tuesday when he addressed business leaders and experts at a U.S.-China advisory body.
The remarks made by high-ranking Politburo member Yang Jiechi—a past Chinese ambassador to Washington—were "full of Communist Party jargon," a former Pentagon official told Newsweek. Other observers have concluded Yang was very much playing to a domestic audience.
The Trump administration adopted "misguided policies" against Beijing, said Yang at the start of his near-half-hour virtual address to the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
He said "Cold War thinking" had left bilateral ties in their "most difficult period" since formal relations began more than four decades ago—a result he attributed to so-called China hawks, who he believed were responsible for Washington's "strategic misjudgment" of China as a competitor or "adversary."
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