However, the head of US diplomacy assured that the White House will continue with its program that seeks for Taipei to have capabilities “to defend itself.”
After concluding a two-day visit to China, the Secretary of the US State Department, Antony Blinken, reiterated this Monday during a press conference that Washington does not support the independence of Taiwan and does not seek a conflict with Beijing.
“As for Taiwan, I have reiterated the old one-China policy. That policy has not changed. […] We do not support Taiwanese independence, we would oppose any unilateral change of the ‘status quo’ by either party. We continue to hope for a peaceful resolution of the differences in the Strait [de Taiwan]”Blinken said.
However, the head of US diplomacy pointed out that Washington remains committed to the Taiwan Relations Law (TRA) to ensure that the island, considered by Beijing as an inalienable part of its territory, has the capabilities “to fend”.
Washington interacts with Taiwan at the level of arms sales and trains its military personnel, while several US politicians regularly go to the island for talks with their leaders, drawing harsh condemnation from Beijing and, according to China, fuels separatist intentions of the island and regional tension increases.
On the other hand, Blinken stressed that his visit served to stabilize relations between the two nations which, according to Beijing, reached “their lowest point” in the face of a series of tensions on a wide range of issues.
Likewise, the Secretary of State stressed that Washington is not trying to contain Beijing, stating that it tried to remove that idea that the Chinese side had. “The facts refute that claim.“, he remarked, alluding to the increase in trade that “deeply benefits” his interests.
Among other topics raised in his meetings with Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping, Blinken discussed the conflict in Ukraine, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.
- Blinken is the highest-level official to visit Beijing since Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House in January 2021.
- The secretary of state planned to visit China in February, but postponed his trip following the incident of a plane alleged spy balloon Chinese over US airspace
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