Biden, Xi at loggerheads on Taiwan in lengthy virtual summit

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Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping traded strong warnings on the future of Taiwan at a virtual summit meant to establish “guardrails” against conflict between their rival superpowers. The video-link summit, which took place late Monday in Washington and early Tuesday in Beijing, lasted a “longer than expected” three and a half hours, a senior US official told reporters. “The conversation was respectful and straightforward.” While the goal was to settle an increasingly volatile relationship between the giant economic and geopolitical competitors, tension over Taiwa…

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