Biden news live: Latest updates as US and China clash at public talks


Biden news live: Latest updates as US and China clash at public talks

Biden news live: Latest updates as US and China clash at public talks

China’s actions ‘threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability,’ says US

The White House refused Vladimir Putin’s demand to hold a public debate with President Biden with the US president saying he is “quite busy” and therefore able to debate live with Mr Putin. 

This follows Joe Biden calling the Russian leader a “killer” in an interview with ABC News.

Meanwhile the first talks between China and the US, since President Biden took office have begun, with diplomats clashing over a range of issues.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken cited the US’ “deep concerns with actions by China,” saying that they “threaten the rules based order that maintains global stability.”

China accused the US of suppressing other countries with its “military force and financial hegemony,” with the two sides agreeing on very little.

In the US, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the first person of South Asian descent to hold national office, will visit Atlanta. This visit comes just days since a gunman shot dead eight people in the US state.

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US-China talks begin with diplomats clashing

The first talks to take place between China and the US, since President Biden took office have begun. 

It seemed that diplomats were unable to agree on a range of issues in a rare public display of bilateral tension.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked about the “deep concerns” that the US has about actions by China, citing “ Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion of our allies” as examples.

He added that the US feels the Asian country “threaten[s] the rules based order that maintains global stability.”

The White House has underlined how it is looking for a change in behavior from China, with hopes that the relationship between the two superpowers could be reset under the Biden administration.

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi responded saying:”The United States uses its military force and financial hegemony to carry out long arm jurisdiction and suppress other countries.”

“It abuses so-called notions of national security to obstruct normal trade exchanges, and incite some countries to attack China,” he added.

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Eleanor Sly19 March 2021 08:46

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Biden team shuts down bizarre Putin suggestion of live debate over ‘killer’ comments: ‘He’s quite busy’

The White House on Thursday rebuffed Vladimir Putin’s demand to hold a public debate with president Joe Biden over his “killer” comment about the Russian president, saying he is “quite busy”.

The war of words between the leaders of the two countries began after President Biden, in an interview with ABC News, referred to his Russian counterpart as a “killer”. Mr Putin shrugged off the remarks by saying: “it takes one to know one.” 

Eleanor Sly19 March 2021 08:19

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