US President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in November, 2021. The two leaders are scheduled to meet in person at the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, next week [File: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]
(Bloomberg) — President Joe Biden will warn Chinese leader Xi Jinping of an expanded US military presence in the region if Beijing doesn’t help rein in North Korean military provocations, according to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One Saturday morning shortly before Biden arrived in Cambodia, Sullivan said North Korea is a threat to the US, Japan, South Korea and to “peace and stability across the entire region.”
Biden won’t make any demand of Xi but will share his perspective, Sullivan said.
“If North Korea goes down this road, it will simply mean further enhanced American military and security presence in the region,” Sullivan said. “And so the PRC has an interest in playing a constructive role in restraining North Korea’s worst tendencies; whether they choose to do so or not is of course up to them.”
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Update: Biden to warn Xi North Korea’s path could prompt bigger U.S. military (CNBC/Reuters)
WNU Editor: This all comes off as “help us or else”. The Chinese never like being told publicly what to do.