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Blinken tells Wang at UN that peacekeeping in Taiwan Strait is ‘absolutely, vitally important’


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Blinken tells Wang at UN that peacekeeping in Taiwan Strait is ‘absolutely, vitally important’

Blinken tells Wang at UN that peacekeeping in Taiwan Strait is ‘absolutely, vitally important’

Amid the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterpart, the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs and… 23.09.2022, Sputnik International

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According to a Friday reading from the US State Department, Blinken and Wang “discussed the need to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage the US-PRC.” [People’s Republic of China] relationship, especially in times of stress. “Tensions around Taiwan have been building for years, since 2017, when Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen came to power and then-US President Donald Trump rushed to support her independence agenda. There has been a surge in arms sales to Taiwan, along with American rhetoric about alleged Chinese “aggression” and the need to defend Taiwanese “democracy” against Chinese “authoritarianism.” Nancy Pelosi (D -CA) traveled to Taiwan to meet with Tsai and other Taiwanese leaders and speak out against China.The third most powerful US politician, no one of Pelosi’s stature has visited the island since 1997.A day before his meeting with Blinken, Wang said at an event in New York organized by the Asia Society that Taiwan was the issue with the most potential to destroy US-China relations. “If the United States manages China-China relations -american s according to a zero-sum game mentality and continue to use “political correctness” to mislead their China policy, not only will they fail to solve their own problems, but they will bring US-China relations to conflict and to confrontation,” Wang explained. overthrown 30 years earlier by communist forces. Washington ended official relations with Taipei and recognized Beijing’s one-China policy, but maintained informal relations with Taiwan nonetheless. “I think we can all be pretty sure at this point it wasn’t a blunder – four times in a row… [means] what’s happening is that there are people in the administration who think that by showing a greater willingness to defend Taiwan, it will help restore deterrence,” Oriana Skylar Mastro told Politico on Monday, researcher at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

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Amid the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi, met to discuss of the tense situation surrounding Taiwan over the past two months.

According to a Friday reading from the US State Department, Blinken and Wang “discussed the need to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage the US-PRC.” [People’s Republic of China] relationship, especially in times of stress.

“For our part, the Secretary has made it clear that in accordance with our long-standing one-China policy, which again has not changed, maintaining peace and stability across the Strait is absolutely , of vital importance,” a senior official said. A US official told reporters following the meeting.

Tensions around Taiwan have been building for years, since 2017, when Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen came to power and then-US President Donald Trump rushed to support her independence agenda. There has been a surge in arms sales to Taiwan, as well as US rhetoric about alleged Chinese “aggression” and the need to defend Taiwanese “democracy” against Chinese “authoritarianism”.

However, they peaked last month when US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) traveled to Taiwan meet with Tsai and other Taiwanese leaders and speak out against China. The third most powerful American politician, no one of Pelosi’s stature has visited the island since 1997.
China has long warned the United States against encouraging “separatist” forces in Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a Chinese province in rebellion and said is meant for reach the mainland. After Pelosi’s visit, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched unprecedented drills in areas surrounding Taiwan to demonstrate that it could blockade Taiwan if it wished. However, the warning did not mitigate the behavior of the United States.
A day before his meeting with Blinken, Wang said during a New York event organized by the Asia Society that Taiwan was the problem most likely to destroy US-China relations.

“If this were to be mishandled, it would risk devastating our bilateral relationship,” he said. “Just as the United States will not allow Hawaii to be stripped, China has a right to defend the unification of the country,” he added.

“If the United States runs China-US relations with a zero-sum game mentality and continues to use ‘political correctness’ to mislead its China policy, it will not only fail to solve its own problems, but they will also bring China-US relations to conflict and confrontation,” Wang said.

“The United States has made endless provocations over China’s core interests and development rights, but at the same time calls for stabilizing relations and avoiding confrontation. It is contradictory in logic and reality.

The United States established relations with China in 1979, transferring its recognition of the legitimate Chinese government to Beijing from the Republican rump state of Taiwan, which is the last remnant of the government toppled 30 years earlier by communist forces. Washington ended formal relations with Taipei and recognized Beijing’s One China policy, but maintained informal relations with Taiwan nonetheless.

Although no longer obligated to defend Taiwan militarily, the United States has been careful not to say explicitly whether or not it will defend the island against a Chinese attack. Despite this, US President Joe Biden has repeatedly said that he was bound to defend Taiwan, forcing his staff to contradict their boss.
“I think we can all be fairly certain at this point that it wasn’t a gaffe – four times in a row… [means] what’s happening is that there are people in the administration who think that by showing a greater willingness to defend Taiwan, it will help restore deterrence,” Oriana Skylar Mastro, researcher at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, Politico said on Monday.



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