China sees U.S. statements on Taiwan as an attempt to undermine its territorial sovereignty

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has conveyed to his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, his disagreement with the latest statements on Taiwan issued by Washington, which Beijing has interpreted as an attempt to undermine China’s national sovereignty.

“Sino-US relations are at a critical juncture, and it is urgent for the two sides to establish a correct way for the two major countries to get along with a responsible attitude toward the world, history and the two peoples,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

Blinken and Yi have held a meeting in New York on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly and in which the Chinese representative has once again affronted Washington’s stance on Taiwan.

Thus, China has urged the United States to return to the framework of the joint communiqués that both countries launched regarding Taiwan, and has stressed that the conflict on the island “is an internal matter” of Beijing.

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In fact, Yi has insisted that “the more rampant Taiwan’s independence activities become, the less likely a peaceful solution will be,” although it is true that the possibility of a Chinese attack on the island was the argument used by U.S. President Joe Biden to defend Taiwan.

The White House tenant parted a week ago from the traditional ambiguity to make clear that the United States will defend the island “if there were an unprecedented attack”, although at the same time he declared that, although there are commercial and military relations with Taiwan, in no case does he “encourage” independence.

For his part, Blinken has acknowledged that China-U.S. relations are “in a very difficult period” and that it is in the interest of both nations to return bilateral relations to a path of stability.

Regarding Taiwan, the U.S. diplomatic representative has stressed that Washington does not want a “new Cold War”, and that it has not changed its position on the “one China” principle, thus reiterating the lack of U.S. support for the island’s independence, according to China.

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Thus, the State Department has also released a statement stressing that Blinken has insisted on “keeping the lines of communication open and responsibly managing the U.S.-China relationship,” especially during these “tense times.”

He has further emphasized that Washington is “committed to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” thus respecting the “long-standing” ‘one China’ policy, as maintaining peace and stability on the island is “critical to regional and global peace and stability.”

Finally, Blinken has taken the opportunity to reiterate U.S. condemnation against Russia’s war in Ukraine and warned China of the consequences if Beijing gives its support to Moscow in the course of the offensive against Kiev.

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