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US official vows no talk of F-16s on Biden’s visit

PROMISE:The official said the US doesn’t negotiate with China on its Taiwan Relations Act obligations, while other officials said no decision had been made on the fighters

By William Lowther  /  Staff Reporter in Washington

“Naturally, there are issues that the Chinese themselves typically raise, like Taiwan and Tibet. And there are issues that every senior official who meets with Chinese leaders is going to raise, like human rights,” Russel said.

He said Obama had met the Dalai Lama in the White House last month and the US position on Tibet was “consistent and clear.”

“As we do consistently, we will raise our concerns about the human rights situation throughout China. We do this directly and privately with Chinese leaders and policymakers,” Russel said.

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