Xi talks tough at summit with Biden

Striking a tough posture at the much-awaited virtual summit with his US counterpart Joe Biden on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping said that China will certainly defend its sovereignty and security interests as he warned that whoever plays with fire over Taiwan will get burnt.

In a lengthy speech touching a host of issues at the over three-hour-long summit, Xi, fresh from last week's ruling Communist Party of China Plenum meet endorsing an unprecedented third term for him from next year and perhaps for life, pointed Beijing's 'red lines' on a host of issues, including Taiwan, and said China's rise is an 'inevitable trend of history' and cannot be stopped.

On Taiwan, where China has pressed over 200 military jets into the estranged islands air defense zone ratcheting tensions, 68-year-old Xi ascribed the tensions to the repeated attempts by the Taiwan authorities to look for US support for their independence agenda as well as the intention of some Americans to use Taiwan to contain China.