China firmly opposes secession aimed at “Taiwan independence” and external interference, and never allows any room for “Taiwan independence” forces in whatever form, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

Xi made the remarks when having talks over the phone with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden.

He urged the U.S. side to honour the one-China principle and implement the three China-U.S. joint communique both in word and in deed.

Biden said U.S.-China cooperation benefits not only the people of the two countries but also the people of all countries.

“Those who play with fire will only get burnt,” Xi was quoted as telling Biden. “We hope the US side can see this clearly.”

The White House said in a statement that Biden told Xi that US policy had not changed and Washington “strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” – the body of water separating the island from mainland China.

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