After China’s threats, the US warned of the need for “peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the 77th United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York (REUTERS/David
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the 77th United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York (REUTERS/David “Dee” Thin)

The chief of US diplomacy, Anton Blinkenhe told the Chinese foreign minister on Friday, Wang Yithe need for “peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait.

Blinking” emphasized this Maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is vital to regional and global security and prosperity.”said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Senior diplomats from the United States and China this Friday began a meeting in an atmosphere of High tension after the visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to Taiwan, and US President Joe Biden’s explicit pledge to defend the island claimed by China.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shook hands during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, but instead of responding to media questions at their meeting, sat down for a chat.

The State Department had previously said the meeting was part of the Continuing Washington’s efforts to “maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage competition.”

Antony Blinken and Wang Yi's handshake in New York (REUTERS / David 'Dee' Delgado)
Antony Blinken and Wang Yi’s handshake in New York (REUTERS / David ‘Dee’ Delgado)

The meeting comes after Biden said US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.resulting in an angry response from Beijing, which said it had sent the wrong signal to those seeking an independent Taiwan.

Biden’s statement is the latest example in which he seems to go beyond the long-standing US policy of “strategic ambiguity,” which makes it unclear whether Washington would respond militarily to an attack on Taiwan.

However, his statements were also the most explicit to date about the use of US troops to defend the island the White House insisted its policy on Taiwan had not changed.

In a phone call with Biden in July, Chinese leader Xi Jinping warned about Taiwan and said so “Whoever plays with fire will perish.”

After Pelosi’s solidarity visit to Taipei earlier last month China stationed dozens of planes and fired live missiles near the island.

In a speech delivered Thursday at the Asia Society think tank in New York, Wang said the Taiwan issue is becoming the biggest risk in China-US relations.

“If mishandled, it is very likely to destroy our bilateral relationship”Wang said, according to a transcript from the Chinese Embassy in Washington.

(With information from AFP and Reuters)

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