The US and Chinese foreign ministers discussed the need to ‘responsibly manage’ the relationship amid tensions over Taiwan.
Washington DC – The US State Department said the top US diplomat told his Chinese counterpart that the two countries must keep channels of communication open, such as GLOBAL competition and tensions persist between Washington and Beijing.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
“The Minister discussed the need to maintain open lines of communication and manage the United States-PRC responsibly. [People’s Republic of China] The State Department said in a statement about the negotiations.
The meeting comes just days after US President Joe Biden angered Beijing by reiterating that US forces would protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.
China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, said earlier this week it “fully supports and rejects” Biden’s remarks.
On Friday, the State Department said Blinken emphasized Washington’s commitment to “maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” in line with the a Chinese policy, whereby the US only recognizes the Chinese government.
Although the United States does not recognize Taiwan’s independence, the United States still has commercial and security relations with the island.
Last month, tensions between Washington and Beijing rose to new heights after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a top Democrat, visited Taiwan to show a challenge to China’s claim to the island.
In remarks to the UNGA on Wednesday, Biden said the US opposes “unilateral changes to the status quo” in Taiwan by both sides. He also stressed that Washington does not want a confrontation with Beijing.
“Let me be blunt about the rivalry between the United States and China as we manage changing geopolitical trends: The United States will behave itself as a sensible leader,” Biden said.
“We are not looking for conflict. We are not looking for a Cold War. We are not asking any country to choose between the United States or any other partner.”
For its part, Blinken on Friday “emphasized that maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is vital to regional and global security and prosperity,” the State Department said. in a statement describing his meeting with Wang.
US Secretary of State also warned against Chinese support Invasion of Russia of Ukraine, the statement added.
Earlier on Friday, China’s state news agency Xinhua News Agency quoted Wang as calling for “win-win cooperation” between Washington and Beijing based on “equality and respect”.
Wang also warned that the Taiwan issue could have “a disruptive effect on bilateral relations if handled improperly,” according to Xinhua.