According ReutersXi warned Biden that any action by US government officials that could be seen as friendly toward Taiwan would not go unnoticed by Beijing.
“Those who play with fire will only get burned,” Xi said, adding that the Chinese hope US officials “see this clearly.”
In response, Biden told Xi that the US stance on Taiwan remained consistent in opposition to Beijing’s efforts to threaten the island’s stability.
Xi’s statements were similar to those made by Chinese government spokesman Zhao Lijian on Wednesday.
“If the United States insists on going its own way and challenging China’s financial results,” he said, “it will surely elicit strong responses. All consequences arising therefrom shall be borne by the United States.
The news that Pelosi could visit Taiwan, becoming the first president to do so since 1997, comes amid months of strained relations between the United States and China as the former continues to support the island militarily.
In April, following the announcement of a $95 million deal between the United States and Taiwan, Chinese officials claimed the Biden administration had violated the “one China principle,” a American policy that recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China as “the only lawful government of China.
When the policy was put in place in 1979, however, the United States never bowed to pressure from China to recognize Taiwan as PRC-controlled, only “acknowledging” its claim to the island. .
Since then, the threat of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan has prompted the United States to step up military assistance.
This article originally appeared on The Post Millennial.