China Threatens to ‘Burn’ America

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( – Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued a not-so-veiled threat against the United States by telling President Joe Biden in a two-hour-long telephone conversation that America will get “burned” if it’s not careful in its relations with China.

The threat by Xi, the de facto dictator of China and head of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, was revealed by Chinese state media.

It is not mentioned in the brief readout put out by the White House, which presented the meeting in a conciliatory tone.

The phone call occurred after China fumed that Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, planned to visit Taiwan, the democratic, pro-American, self-ruling island Beijing claims to be a breakaway province.

“Those who play with fire will get burned,” Xi Jinping warned Biden, according to Chinese news outlets controlled by the government, as cited by The Daily Mail.

Xi, who has been in power in China for a decade and is deemed its most dictatorial ruler since Mao Zedong in the 1940s-1970s, has been vowing for years to “unify” Taiwan with China by force if needed.

There were fears over the winter that Xi’s China may invade Taiwan in coordination with Putin’s Russia as Moscow prepared to invade Ukraine. So far, only the Russian invasion has materialized.

Taiwan, a democracy with a prosperous hi-tech economy, has never been part of the People’s Republic of China, founded by Mao in 1949.

However, the regime of the Chinese Communist Party has threatened to use force if Taiwan declares itself independent and if America supports that declaration. Taiwan formally calls itself “the Republic of China.”

Unlike the overt threat that the U.S. will “get burned” if it “plays with [the Chinese] fire,” which is claimed to have come from Xi, Joe Biden’s tone in the phone call on Thursday morning was conciliatory, at least judging from the short release from the White House.

“On Taiwan, President Biden underscored that the United States policy has not changed and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” the White House said.

A post on Biden’s Twitter profile claimed that the two sides are exerting “efforts to deepen lines of communication, responsibly manage our differences, and address issues of mutual interest.”