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US steps up diplomatic efforts with China on Taiwan and Russia

NEW YORK — The Biden administration on Friday stepped up diplomatic efforts to pressure China to end provocative actions against Taiwan and warned of any active support for Russia in its war against Ukraine.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised both cases in a meeting with his Chinese counterpart on Friday at a meeting on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly in New York, according to US officials. The session was one of the few that Blinken kept on his schedule after the death of his father on Thursday.

The officials did not describe the Chinese response, but said Foreign Minister Wang Yi was receptive to the messages and that the two men discussed the need to “maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage the relationship between the United States and China.” China, especially in times of stress. .”

The talks between Blinken and Wang come amid a period of heightened tensions on both issues and ahead of a planned November meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. Biden’s recent comments about Taiwan and China’s tacit support for the war in Ukraine are just two of the latest irritants in relations between Washington and Beijing.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken had affirmed to Wang the administration’s commitment to “maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” despite Biden’s claim earlier this week that that the United States would send troops to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.

China regards the autonomous island of Taiwan as its sovereign territory, has not ruled out force to reunify it with the mainland, and has intensified military activity in the area in recent months. This activity responds, at least partially, to the high-level visits of the US Congress to Taipei, including that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and to the increase in US arms sales.

Blinken “emphasized that preserving peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is critical to regional and global security and prosperity,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. He added that the United States remains committed to its “one China policy,” which does not support Taiwan independence.

On Russia, US officials said Blinken underscored the damage that would be done to the Sino-US relationship if Beijing took a more active role in supporting the war in Ukraine. US officials have said they are cautiously optimistic about recent comments from Chinese leaders about their concerns about the war and its aftermath, and Blinken wanted to drive home the point.

Blinking “highlighted the implications if the PRC were to provide support for Moscow’s invasion of a sovereign state,” Price said in the statement. “PRC” refers to the formal name of China, the People’s Republic of China.

The relationship between the United States and China has become increasingly tense in recent years over multiple issues, including the persecution of Muslims and ethnic minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region, the crackdown on dissent in Tibet and Hong Kong. , China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea and against Taiwan. , and handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Price said the United States remains “open to cooperate with the People’s Republic of China where our interests intersect.” One area where the United States hopes to continue coordination is climate change.

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