Amid tensions over Taiwan, Xi warns Biden in 2-hour call: ‘Those who play with fire will only get burnt’

In a call that lasted over two hours, Chinese President Xi Jinping sternly warned President Biden, “Those who play with fire will only get burnt,” referring to the U.S.’ involvement in Taiwan’s independence. The call on Thursday, which began at 8:33 a.m. ET, was their fifth since Biden took office in 2021 and the longest that the two have ever shared at two hours and 17 minutes, which speaks to the rising tensions between the world’s two most powerful economies. The leaders were scheduled to talk about a wide range of topics, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which China has not officially condemned; however, most notable was their heated discussion surrounding Taiwan.

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