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China says US is sending ‘dangerous signals’ to Taiwan | China
September 24, 2022
China has accused the United States of sending “very wrong, dangerous signals” to Taiwan after the US Secretary of State told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that maintaining peace and stability over Taiwan was vital.
Taiwan was the focus of 90-minute, “direct and honest” talks between Foreign Minister Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the fringes of the UN General Assembly in New York , a US official said. reporters.
“For our part, the secretary has made it crystal clear that – in line with our long-standing one-China policy, which has again not changed – maintaining peace and stability in the Straits is absolutely vital,” the senior said. US government. official said.
China’s foreign ministry said in a statement about the meeting that the US was sending “very wrong, dangerous signals” to Taiwan, and the greater Taiwan’s independence activity, the less likely a peaceful settlement would be reached.
“The Taiwanese issue is an internal Chinese matter and the United States has no right to interfere in the method that will be used to resolve it,” the ministry quoted Wang as saying.
Tensions over Taiwan have escalated after a visit there in August by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – which was followed by large-scale Chinese military exercises – and following a pledge by US President Joe Biden to defend – administered island.
Biden’s statement was his most explicit yet about deploying US troops to defend the island. It was also the last time he appeared to go beyond a long-standing US policy of “strategic ambiguity,” which does not make clear whether the US would respond militarily to an attack on Taiwan.
The White House has maintained that Taiwan’s policy has not changed, but China said Biden’s comments sent the wrong signal to those seeking an independent Taiwan.
In a phone call with Biden in July, Chinese leader Xi Jinping warned of Taiwan, saying “those who play with fire will perish.”
The State Department had previously said Blinken’s meeting with Wang was part of a US effort to “maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage competition,” and the senior official said Blinken had expressed US openness. reiterated to “cooperate with China on matters of global concern”. ”.
Blinken also “highlighted the implications” if China were to provide material support to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or participate in large-scale sanctions evasion, the official added.
US officials have said in the past they have seen no evidence that China is providing such support.
Blinken “underlined that the United States and China and the international community have a duty to work to counter the effects of that invasion and also to deter Russia from taking further provocative actions,” the official said.
China considers Taiwan to be one of its provinces. Beijing has long vowed to bring Taiwan under its control and does not rule out the use of force. The government of Taiwan strongly opposes China’s sovereignty claims, saying only the island’s 23 million residents can decide the island’s future.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry, responding to the meeting between Blinken and Wang, said China’s “recent provocative actions” had made the Taiwan Strait a point of contention, and that China was “trying to confuse the international public with arguments.” and criticisms that contradict reality”.
Blinken’s meeting with Wang was preceded by a meeting between the foreign ministers of the Quad grouping of Australia, India, Japan and the US, who issued a statement, referring to the Indo-Pacific, stating that “we strongly oppose against all unilateral actions aimed at changing the status quo or increasing tensions in the region.”
Since Pelosi’s visit, “China has taken some provocative steps designed to change the status quo,” the US official said.
US Vice President Kamala Harris will discuss Taiwan’s security in bilateral meetings with leaders of US allies Japan and South Korea when she visits them next week, another US official said.
Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for Asia under President Barack Obama, said the fact that Blinken and Wang met was important after the turbulence that came with Pelosi’s visit, and hopefully some progress would have been made in arranging a meeting. Xi and Biden meeting on the sidelines of a November G20 meeting, which would be their first personal as leaders.
“Wang and Blinken’s decision to meet in New York does not guarantee that the November summit will go smoothly or even take place,” said Russel, now at the Asia Society. “But if they hadn’t been able to meet, the prospects for a summit in November would have been bad.”