China Warns US Against Supporting Taiwan Independence
In a phone call, Antony Blinken and Wang Yi discuss Tuesday's forthcoming virtual summit as Yi warns the US against disrupting the stability of the region on the Taiwan issue.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a recent phone call on Saturday, discussed 'meeting each other halfway' in the virtual summit which is said to be held on Monday. The summit aims to ameliorate bilateral ties between the two superpowers, which will take place through a video meeting between China's President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden.
When it came to the issue of Taiwan, which has recently sparked sequences of tensions in the South China Sea, Yi stressed that support for Taiwan's independence will disrupt regional peace and stability, and will eventually cause substantial damage, as per history and reality. He warned the US not to "send wrong signals" in order not to cause disruption.
Yi urged the US to not only abstain from support, but to oppose notions of "Taiwan independence" and to commit to their word made in the previous three China-US communiqués. He also urged Biden to stick to the one-China policy with affirmative actions rather than empty words.
Blinken, on his part, promised that the US would exchange views on bilateral relations as long as there's mutual respect.
Canberra wants in, too
Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton, in an interview with The Australian, reiterates his unquestionable affirmation that if the US were to intervene on the Taiwan issue, Canberra will be backing it up, supposedly with nuclear-power submarines as a result of the tripartite AUKUS defense agreement.
“It would be inconceivable that we wouldn’t support the US in an action if the US chose to take that action,” Dutton said.
Recently, the Biden administration has been working to strengthen alliances against China regarding the Taiwan issue, including Europe and Asia, also revitalizing the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue - the "Quad" - which mainly comprises Australia, Japan, India, and Australia.
Recently, Taiwan announced its willingness to cooperate with the strategic "quad" alliance