China says US is sending ‘very wrong, dangerous signals’ about Taiwan by backing the island

Amid escalating tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi claimed the United States sent a “very wrong and dangerous signal” with its recent actions to support Taiwan. These comments came after Wang and his US counterpart Antony Blinken held a 90-minute meeting in New York, on the fringes of the 77th United Nations General Assembly. On Friday, Wang stressed the importance for both sides of restoring relations, and US Secretary of State Blinken warned that recent relations “have suffered a serious shock” and are at a critical juncture, The Straits Times reported.

Even as his US counterpart stressed the importance of preserving peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Wang Blinken reportedly told the US that the US has no jurisdiction to interfere in how the Taiwan problem would be resolved. according to China’s official Xinhua news agency. According to Wang, the chances of a peaceful settlement of the Taiwanese question will diminish if Taiwan’s independence efforts are applied more widely.

Antony Blinken’s comments on meeting Wang Yi

Further, referring to the meeting with Wang, Blinken said they discussed the need to maintain open channels of communication and properly manage the relationship between the US and China, especially during difficult times, according to a readout from the office of the spokesperson for Ned Price.

In line with the readout, the secretary further emphasized that “the United States is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”. In addition, he reiterated how crucial it is to the security and progress of the area and the entire world to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Blinken further emphasized US opposition to the Russian attack on Ukraine and warned of the consequences if the PRC were to help invade a sovereign state. He stressed that when their interests align, the US is still eager to cooperate with the PRC.

Infuriated by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the independent island in August, China quickly increased military exercises in the Taiwan Strait to unprecedented levels and stopped cooperating with the US in several areas, including military and climate change.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden said last Sunday that he would protect Taiwan if it faced an “unprecedented attack” by the Chinese military. Beijing strongly criticized that commitment and filed an official complaint with Washington.

Beijing, in particular, is increasingly concerned that Washington is not fulfilling this pledge, despite the White House subsequently clarifying that official US policy towards Taiwan, that Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China, has not changed. .

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