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PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – The high Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is looking for a categorized briefing on the decision final week between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying the panel wants to know what penalties the Biden administration offered to Beijing ought to they select to help Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.
During an interview with Fox News on the House Republican Issues Conference Thursday, Mike Turner, R-Ohio, mentioned understanding what transpired on President Biden’s name with Chinese President Xi Jinping is “certainly relevant.”
“Our committee has not been briefed on it and this is certainly relevant for our committee to understand both what the president laid out to China, and what President Xi’s responses were on if the China should assist Russia militarily,” Turner advised Fox News.
“There should be absolute consequences to China,” Turner mentioned. “China has made statements that they do not want to be in a conflict with Ukrainians, but arming Russia would have them enter that.”
Turner mentioned that members of the Intelligence Committee “have no transcript of the call” and “have no information as to what even were the elements of what Biden intended to say would be the consequences to China.”
“Those are very important details that we need to be brought up to speed on,” Turner mentioned.
Turner formally requested a briefing from White House nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan Thursday, saying the decision “contained critical information relevant to the future of U.S.-China relations and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.”
Turner, in a swipe at Biden, mentioned that his administration has “a record of weakness.”
“I am certainly very concerned that perhaps he has portrayed weakness again with China as he has with Russia,” Turner mentioned. “And that can result in greater escalation.”
Biden spoke with Xi final Friday on a safe video name for almost two hours.
The White House mentioned Biden “outlined the views of the United States and our allies and partners on this crisis.”
“President Biden detailed our efforts to prevent and then respond to the invasion, including by imposing costs on Russia,” the White House mentioned.
“The president underscored his support for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis,” the White House added. “The two leaders also agreed on the importance of maintaining open lines of communication, to manage the competition between our two countries.”
Meanwhile, the White House mentioned Biden “reiterated that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed, and emphasized that the United States continues to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo.”
“The two leaders tasked their teams to follow up on today’s conversation in the critical period ahead,” the White House mentioned.
Shortly after the conclusion of the assembly, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned Xi underscored the “severe challenges” across the globe.
“The Ukraine crisis is something we don’t want to see,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported Xi mentioned. “Relevant events once again show that state-to-state relations cannot go to the point of confrontation. Conflict and confrontation are not in anyone’s interests. Peace and security are the most treasured treasures of the international community.”
“As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the world’s two largest economies, we must not only lead the development of China-US relations on the right track, but also shoulder our due international responsibilities and make efforts for world peace and tranquility,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry assertion mentioned.
U.S. intelligence officers mentioned Russia requested China for navy and financial support following its invasion of Ukraine. In an try to guard intelligence sources, U.S. officers have been reluctant to element what kind of support is being sought.
A senior administration official mentioned this week that the Biden administration has “deep concerns” about China’s “alignment” with Russia amid Moscow’s multi-front struggle in opposition to Ukraine.
The official shared these issues after Sullivan met together with his Chinese counterpart, director of Chinese Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi, final Monday in Rome, Italy.
Meanwhile, if Republicans take the vast majority of the House of Representatives after the midterm elections in November, Turner vowed to convey the main focus of the House Intelligence Committee again to what it’s “intended to be” centered on.
“This committee is intended to be focused on national security and that’s what we’re going to focus on,” Turner mentioned.
The committee has been chaired by Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., since 2019.
“Our efforts are going to be matching intelligence to policymaking and decision-making,” Turner mentioned. “So, in addition to focusing on national security, our goal will be to get the information that we receive as notifications to Congress and make certain that it is provided to the appropriate committees for decision-making, for legislating, and for funding the appropriate programs and initiatives to make our country safe.”