Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed United States is trying to goad Beijing into a military conflict with Taiwan: report

Li Qiang arrived in Australia on Saturday afternoon. It is the first visit by a Chinese premier in seven years.
Published June 17, 2024

Chinese President Xi Jinping last year claimed the United States is trying to lure Beijing to attack Taiwan, but that he would not take the bait, according to a new report.

China’s President Xi Jinping told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that the United States was trying to “bait” Beijing into attacking Taiwan in a meeting that took place last year.

Multiple people familiar with the exchange told the Financial Times President Xi issued the warning to Ms von der Leyen in April 2023.

President Xi said the US had attempted to trick China into invading Taiwan, but that it would not “take the bait”.

Various Chinese academics, as well as retired military officers, have also claimed that Washington is attempting to coerce Beijing by providing weapons to Taiwan and employing other methods to lure the communist giant into a military conflict, according to the outlet.

Former Chinese ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai spoke at the Asia Society in January, saying China would not “fall into the trap somebody may be preparing for us”, which has been taken as a thinly-veiled swipe at the US.

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SOURCE: www.skynews.com

RELATED: Xi said US trying to ‘goad Beijing’ into attacking Taiwan

Published June 17, 2024

China’s President Xi Jinping told European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen that Washington was trying to “goad Beijing into attacking Taiwan,” the Financial Times said on Saturday.

In a report based on information from people familiar with the matter, the British daily said Xi issued the warning in a meeting with von der Leyen in April 2023. She paid an official visit to China last year which coincided with the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the newspaper, Xi said the US was trying to trick China into invading Taiwan, but that he would not take the bait.

The revelation comes as tensions are high across the Taiwan Strait. China responded to last month’s inauguration of Lai Ching-te as Taiwan’s new president with military drills around the island, which it claims as its own. Taipei, however, insists on its independence since 1949.

Xi’s remarks are probably the first known case of him making the claim to a foreign leader.

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SOURCE: www.yenisafak.com

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