The U.S. Secretary of State expressed concern about China’s continued pressure on Taiwan.
The U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed by phone with a member of the State Council, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi the talks scheduled for November 15 between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping, which will be held via video link. This is stated in a written statement issued by the head of the press service of the Department of State, Ned Price.
“The Secretary of State discussed [with Wang Yi] preparations for the upcoming online meeting of President Biden with the President [of China] Xi Jinping, noting that this meeting gives the two leaders an opportunity to discuss how to regulate the rivalry between the United States and China in a responsible way, working together in areas where [their] interests coincide,” the diplomat said, adding that the telephone conversation took place on November 12.
According to him, Blinken “expressed concern about the ongoing military, diplomatic and economic pressure of the PRC on Taiwan.” The chief of American diplomacy also “stressed the long-standing interest of the United States in peace and stability on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.” He called on Beijing to engage in “constructive dialogue with a view to a peaceful settlement” of the current situation “in accordance with the wishes and interests of the people of Taiwan.”
The Secretary of State also “pointed out the importance of taking measures to ensure that global energy supply and price volatility do not jeopardize the global economic recovery.”
As the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported earlier, Wang Yi told Blinken that if Washington sincerely supports peace in the Taiwan Strait, it should stop supporting separatist sentiments on the island, comply with the provisions of the three Sino-American communiques and the “one China” principle, and stop sending false signals to the pro-independence forces of Taiwan.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that Biden and Xi Jinping will hold a meeting via video link on November 15. The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed this information, specifying that the talks will take place on the morning of November 16, Beijing time.