Biden says U.S. not encouraging Taiwan independence

"We are not going to change our policy at all," Biden told reporters. "We are not encouraging independence, we are encouraging that they do exactly what the Taiwan Act requires."

Biden was speaking to reporters on an airfield tarmac following an event in New Hampshire where he told reporters he had a "good meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinping the night before and that aides would follow up on a range of issues.

Asked whether the two leaders had made any progress on Taiwan during their virtual meeting on Monday (November 15), Biden said: "We made very clear we support the Taiwan Act."

The United States had envisioned the Monday virtual meeting with Xi would put stability into a relationship increasingly troubled over a litany of issues, including what Washington views as Beijing's aggressive actions toward Chinese-claimed Taiwan.

Asked if there was any progress on tensions over the self-ruled island, Biden said: "Yes. We made very clear we support the Taiwan act and that's it.

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