US sending ‘dangerous signals’ on Taiwan, China tells Blinken


China’s foreign ministry quotes Minister Wang Yi as saying, “The Taiwan issue is an internal Chinese affair, and the United States has no authority to interfere in what approach will be used to resolve it.”

After the US secretary of state informed his Chinese counterpart on Friday, September 23, that maintaining peace and stability over Taiwan was crucial, China charged that the US was sending “extremely erroneous, dangerous signals” on Taiwan.

According to a US official, the topic of the 90-minute, “straight and honest” discussions between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New York on the fringes of the UN General Assembly was Taiwan.

According to the senior US administration source, “For our part, the secretary made it clearly clear that, in accordance with our long-standing one-China policy, which, once again, has not altered, the maintenance of peace and security across the Strait is absolutely, vitally necessary.”

In a statement on the meeting, China’s foreign ministry claimed that the United States was sending “extremely erroneous, dangerous signals” on Taiwan and that the more aggressively Taiwan pursues independence, the less likely it was that a peaceful resolution would be reached.

The ministry quoted Wang as saying, “The Taiwan issue is an internal Chinese affair, and the United States has no authority to interfere in how it will be resolved.”

After Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited Taiwan in August and large-scale military exercises there were held in response, tensions over the island have risen. US President Joe Biden also promised to defend the democratically run island.

 

 

The commitment of US soldiers to defend the island was made apparent in Biden’s remark, which was his most recent. Additionally, it was the most recent instance of his appearing to deviate from a long-standing US policy of “strategic ambiguity,” which leaves it unclear whether the US would use military force to defend Taiwan.

Although China claimed that Biden’s comments sent the incorrect message to those pushing for Taiwan’s independence, the White House reaffirmed that its position on Taiwan has not changed.

Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a Taiwan-related warning during a phone chat with Biden in July, stating that “those who play with fire will perish by it.”

Blinken’s meeting with Wang, according to the State Department, was part of an effort by the US to “maintain open lines of communication and manage competition responsibly,” and the senior official claimed that Blinken had reaffirmed the US’ willingness to “cooperate with China on matters of global concern.”


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Blinken also “highlighted the repercussions” if China supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with money or participated in widespread sanctions evasion, the official continued.

In the past, US authorities claimed they had not observed any proof of China giving such support.

The official stated that Blinken “highlighted that the United States, China and the international community have an obligation to work to counter the effects of that invasion and also to dissuade Russia from adopting further provocative steps.”

Taiwan is considered one of China’s provinces. Beijing has long promised to subjugate Taiwan and hasn’t ruled out using force to accomplish so.

The government of Taiwan vehemently rejects China’s claims to sovereignty and maintains that only the 23 million residents of the island can decide its future.

 


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‘Devastate our bilateral ties’

Prior to Blinken’s meeting with Wang, the foreign ministers of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States met. In their joint statement, the Quad grouping said that it “strongly opposes any unilateral actions that seek to change the status quo or increase tensions in the region,” referring to the Indo-Pacific.

The US official claimed that since Pelosi’s visit, “China has taken a number of aggressive moves that have intentionally worked to upset the status quo.”

When she visits Japan and South Korea next week, US Vice President Kamala Harris will speak bilaterally with their leaders on Taiwan security, according to another US official.

After the turmoil caused by Pelosi’s visit, Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for Asia under President Barack Obama, said the meeting between Blinken and Wang was significant. He added that he hoped some progress had been made toward setting up a meeting between Xi and Biden, which would be their first as leaders, on the fringes of the G-20 summit in November.

The November summit’s success or even its existence are not guaranteed by Wang and Blinken’s willingness to meet in New York. But if they were unable to meet, it would have indicated that the chances of a summit in November were slim, according to Russel, who is currently working for the Asia Society.

Wang stated that the Taiwan issue was becoming the largest concern in China-U.S. relations in a lecture given to the Asia Society on Thursday in New York. relations.

According to a translation from the Chinese embassy, Wang stated that “should it be handled improperly, it is most likely to destroy our bilateral ties.”

Washington’s decision to open diplomatic relations with China in 1979 “rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be settled by peaceful methods,” according to a decades-old US legislation detailing Washington’s unofficial relations with Taiwan, which Beijing considers invalid.


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