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A nuclear war cannot be won: the U.S. and China reached an agreement considering the Russia—Ukraine war

The United States of America and China are strongly opposed to the use of nuclear weapons by Russia in its war against Ukraine. This collective statement was published following the meeting of President Joe Biden of the U.S. and President Xi Jinping of China.

Quote"President Biden and President Xi reiterated their agreement that a nuclear war should never be fought and can never be won and underscored their opposition to the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine," — the statement reads.

Key issues raised during the negotiations between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping

During the meeting, the heads of state not only discussed the war in Ukraine but also raised the following issues:

  • key regional and global challenges: the U.S. and Chinese presidents discussed their bilateral relations. Washington declared its intention to compete vigorously with the PRC but stressed that this competition should not veer into conflict;
  • addressing transnational challenges: the U.S. and China agreed to work together in this area, including the climate, global macroeconomic stability, health security, and global food security;
  • PRC practices in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, as well as with respect to Taiwan: the U.S. has reiterated that it opposes any unilateral changes to the status quo and claimed the need to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait;
  • China’s non-market economic practices, which harm American citizens: Biden underscored the need to resolve the cases of American citizens who were wrongfully detained or subject to exit bans in China.

Following the meeting, the U.S. and China agreed to stay in contact. In particular, Secretary of State Blinken will visit China to follow up on their discussions.

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