Biden says not worried about possible armed conflict with China

President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he was not concerned about the possibility of armed conflict with China, adding that he had made it clear to Chinese President Xi Jinping that it was a “competition ‘ and not a ‘conflict,’ CNN said. reported.

“Am I worried about an armed conflict or something accidentally happening with China? No, I’m not,” Biden said during his closing press conference at the COP26 summit.

Biden said at his next virtual — but not yet set — summit with Xi, he would continue to say clearly, “This is competition. It doesn’t have to be a conflict.

“There’s no reason there should be a conflict. But I’ve also indicated to him, so I’m not shy about saying it publicly, that we expect him to follow the rules of the road.” , Biden said, adding the United States. would not change its position on several issues, including international maritime lands.

“I don’t seek, I don’t foresee that there will be a need for physical conflict, but you know, as you’ve heard me say this before, my father had an expression: ‘The only conflict worse than that which is planned, is one that is unintentional,” Biden added.

Asked about the non-attendance of China, Russia and Saudi Arabia in person at the COP26 summit, Biden said it was a “problem” but that the fact that the United States had ” a profound impact on how the rest of the world views the United States.” and its leadership role.

On Tuesday, Biden said staying at home may have cost Xi some influence on the world stage.

“By showing up, we had a profound impact on how I think the rest of the world looks at the United States and its leadership role. I think that was a big mistake for China,” Biden said. .

“The rest of the world is going to look to China and say what added value it brings that it has lost in building influence for people around the world and all the people here at Cop.”