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US sends ‘red flags’ to Taiwan, China tells Blinken

Tensions over Taiwan have soared since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in August.

China has accused the United States of sending “very false and dangerous signals”. Taiwantold Washington that it “has no right to interfere” in whatever method Beijing uses to “settle” the Taiwan issue.

On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday, Taiwan was the focus of a 90-minute “direct and honest” meeting between US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi. , a US official told reporters.

“The secretary made it very clear that maintaining peace and stability in the Straits is absolutely and vitally important, as per America’s long-standing one-China policy,” a senior U.S. government official said. Stated.

In a statement at the meeting, China’s foreign ministry said the United States was sending a “very false and dangerous signal” to Taiwan, saying that the more rampant Taiwan’s independence movement, the less likely a peaceful resolution would be. said to be lower.

“The Taiwan issue is a domestic Chinese issue and the United States has no right to interfere in what methods are used to resolve it,” the foreign ministry said.

According to Chinese state media, the meeting between Wang and Blinken referred to China’s position on the “wrong behavior” of the United States toward Taiwan.

“‘Taiwan independence’ must be clearly opposed and prevented,” China’s Global Times said, Wang told Blinken.

Tensions over Taiwan have soared since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in August, followed by large-scale Chinese military exercises. US President Joe Biden’s recent pledge to protect a democratically governed island.

Biden’s statement was the clearest yet about committing US troops to the island’s defense.

Wang sent a similar message to British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley at a sideline meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York earlier this week.

Mr Wang said Britain should “respect its commitment to one China and unequivocally oppose ‘Taiwan independence'”. China’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

No policy change

The White House has insisted its Taiwan policy has not changed, but China said Biden’s remarks sent the wrong signal to those seeking independence for Taiwan.

China considers Taiwan to be one of its provinces. Beijing has long promised to bring Taiwan under its control. It did not rule out the use of force to that end.

The Taiwanese government strongly opposes China’s sovereignty claims, saying only Taiwan’s 23 million residents can decide its future.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned of Taiwan in a July phone call with Mr. Biden that “those who play with fire will perish in fire.”

The State Department had previously said Friday’s meeting with King Blinken was part of the United States’ efforts to “maintain open lines of communication and manage competition responsibly.”

Daniel Russell, who was the top U.S. diplomat under President Barack Obama, said the fact that Blinken and the King met was significant after the chaos created by Pelosi’s visit.

Russell said he hopes there has been some progress towards Xi and Biden meeting in time for the G20 meeting in November.

“The decision to meet Wang and Blinken in New York does not guarantee that the November summit will go smoothly or even take place. It would have meant that the outlook for the summit on the moon was bleak.”

Speaking at the Asia Society in New York on Thursday, Wang said the Taiwan issue had grown to be the biggest risk in US-China relations.

“If mishandled, it will most likely destroy relations between the two countries,” Wang said, according to Chinese embassy records.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/24/us-sending-dangerous-signals-on-taiwan-china-tells-blinken US sends ‘red flags’ to Taiwan, China tells Blinken

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