Wang, Blinken lock horns over Taiwan

NEW YORK (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that China-US relations have been severely impacted currently, and the lessons from which should be learned by the US side.

Wang made the remarks during their talks at the site of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations. The two diplomats were attending the ongoing 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

Wang said China-US relations are at a critical juncture, and it is imperative for the two sides to adopt the right approach to getting along and to work to stop bilateral ties from further deteriorating.

Wang specifically focused on the recent threatening moves by the US side regarding the Taiwan question. “The Taiwan question is at the core of China’s interests, and it carries significant weight in the minds of the Chinese people,” Wang stressed.

“It is our mission to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and there is absolutely no ambiguity whatsoever about that,” Wang told Blinken.

Wang reminded Blinken that the United States has made clear political commitments to China regarding the Taiwan question, including the three Sino-US joint communiques reached decades ago and the more recent statements made repeatedly by the current US administration that it does not support “Taiwan independence.”

Contradictory move

What the United States has done, however, is contrary to its commitments, in attempts to damage China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, obstruct the great cause of peaceful reunification of China, and engage in a so-called strategy of “using Taiwan to contain China,” Wang said, adding that the US side even publicly claimed to help defend Taiwan, which he said has sent a very dangerous signal.

The United States should return to abiding by the three Sino-U.S. communiques and the one-China principle exactly as they are, reiterate its one-China policy without added elements, and unequivocally state its clear opposition to “Taiwan independence” separatist activities of all forms, Wang said.

It is our mission to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and there is absolutely no ambiguity whatsoever about that.

The Taiwan question is China’s internal affair, Wang said, and the United States has no right whatsoever to interfere on the way that it will be resolved. China’s stance on the resolution of the Taiwan question has been consistent and unambiguous, that is that China will continue to stick to the basic principles of “peaceful reunification and one country, two systems.”

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