China’s foreign minister warned that a conflict with the US could not be avoided if Washington did not change its approach to issues with Beijing.
“The US seems to have two different extremes. The desire of US leaders for a stable bilateral relationship has not yet been translated into practical policies,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the Institute of Political Science and Technology. Asia Society book, New York, September 22.
Wang mentioned that Washington considers Beijing its main rival, forging alliances to “encircle” China, imposing restrictions on its technology companies for security reasons and strengthening ties with China. Taiwan with a visit to the island by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi in August.
“If the US continues to handle bilateral relations in a win-lose direction, distorting China policy, it will not only fail to solve its own problems, but will also push US-China relations to the next level,” he said. conflict and confrontation,” Wang warned.
According to Wang, the US has on the one hand made countless provocations aimed at China’s core interests and development interests, but on the other hand calls for stabilizing relations and avoiding confrontation. This contradicts “in logic and practice”.
China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary. The US is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with Taiwan and provides the island with modern weapons.
US President Joe Biden said on September 18 that US forces would defend Taiwan if the island was attacked. China objected to this comment, urging Washington to behave carefully.
“The Taiwan issue is becoming the biggest risk in US-China relations. If handled incorrectly, bilateral relations are highly likely to be destroyed,” Wang said. “Just as the US does not allow Hawaii to be taken away, China has the right to maintain the unity of the country.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet his US counterpart Antony Blinken in New York today, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The meeting is expected to help find a way to de-escalate bilateral tensions, creating the foundation for the first face-to-face meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, most likely in November. G20 summit in Indonesia.
Like Tam (Theo SCMP, Reuters)