Biden reiterates commitment to one-China policy
- U.S. President Joe Biden called Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday to discuss the Ukraine crisis. Biden confirmed the U.S. commitment to its one-China policy guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the Three Joint Communiqués, and the Six Assurances.
- According to the Chinese readout of the meeting (En/Ch), Biden “reiterated that the U.S. does not seek a new Cold War with China; it does not aim to change China’s system; the revitalization of its alliances is not targeted at China; the U.S. does not support ‘Taiwan independence’; and it has no intention to seek a conflict with China.” Xi said he took these remarks “very seriously.”
China “will do everything” to de-escalate war
- During an interview with CBS News' “Face the Nation” on Sunday, the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang said China “will do everything” to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis.
China tweaks Covid strategy
- With the impact of the zero-Covid policy unfolding during the recent Covid spike, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country, while remaining committed to the zero-Covid policy, will contain the pandemic “at the least cost” and “minimize” the economic and social impact.
- As the number of new infections fell, Hong Kong will lift its ban on flights from the U.S. and eight other countries on April 1 and is aiming to ease the dining restrictions and reopen gyms and public entertainment centers later.
Trump vows to return in 2024
- At the American Freedom Tour in Florida on Saturday, former U.S. President Donald Trump promised to return to the White House, saying "With the support of everyone in this room, we will take back the House, we will take back the Senate and we will take back our country, and then most importantly in 2024, we are going to take back our beautiful White House."