President Joe Biden spoke about Taiwan during a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday.
Biden and Xi spoke Thursday morning amid ongoing tensions between the two countries. These tensions have only exacerbated with news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is mulling over a trip to Taiwan.
According to a White House readout of the lengthy call, Biden and Xi in part spoke about Taiwan, and the American president “underscored” that the U.S. policy remains unchanged. (RELATED: White House Scrambles After Biden Promises War With China Over Taiwan)
“On Taiwan, President Biden underscored that the United States policy has not changed and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the White House noted.
While the White House’s readout provided sparse details of the Taiwan discussion, Chinese state media reportedly offered up a much harsher view of that portion of the talk, CNN reported. Xi, according to Chinese state media, told Biden that “public opinion shall not be violated, and if you play with fire you get burned.”
Biden told reporters earlier in the week that the military does not think Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan would be “a good idea.” Aside from that, details from the White House on talks with Pelosi have been sparse.