US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi “had a direct and honest exchange of views on issues related to Taiwan” on Friday, a senior US government official said.
The two diplomats met in New York for nearly 90 minutes, and their conversation was mostly Focusing on Taiwansaid the official.
The meeting, held at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing, capped Brinken’s busy week of diplomacy at the United Nations General Assembly, at the UN Security Council on Thursday. It also happened as Blinken grieved an immeasurable personal loss. His father, Donald Brinken, died Thursday night.
Officials said the meeting with Wang was “very candid, candid, constructive and deep,” and that Blinken “wanted to communicate openly so that China-U.S. relations can be managed responsibly.” I stressed the need to maintain tension.”
“Obviously, the differences between the United States and China are real, but we recognize that we need to responsibly manage these differences and the competition between us,” they said.
Officials say managing relations between the United States and China is one of the most important challenges facing the United States. After U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August, relations between the two countries became even more unstable, after which Beijing stepped up its provocations against Taiwan.
In a speech at the Asia Society on Thursday, Wang warned that “currently, the Taiwan issue has grown into the biggest risk in China-US relations.”
“If it is mishandled, it will most likely destroy relations between the two countries,” he said.
U.S. President Joe Biden was asked whether U.S. forces would defend Taiwan in an interview aired on Sunday on “60 Minutes.”
“Yes, if there really were an unprecedented attack,” he replied. He made this “very clear”.
“He stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” the official said.
“We reiterate our strong condemnation of Russia’s gratuitous war against Ukraine, and the implications if China were to provide material support for Russia’s aggression or engage in large-scale sanctions evasion,” Blinken said. emphasized,” he said.
In recent weeks, President Vladimir Putin said his key ally, Chinese President Xi Jinping, had doubts and concerns about the situation in Ukraine. But officials gave no indication at the meeting that Blinken expected China to have plans to take action against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
“I think China’s position is pretty clear and consistent, for better or worse, and we’ve seen that through public comments,” the official said.
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said last Friday that she believes the relationship between Moscow and Beijing is “a convenient one and not necessarily one of trust and cooperation in everything”.
In an interview with The Washington Post Live, Sherman said, “This is not a perfect marriage in all respects, but they will certainly work together, but it will be a win-win.
“I find it very interesting that Putin said that he knew that President Xi Jinping was concerned about his actions in Ukraine,” she said. “Very interesting for Putin to say that.”
“I am confident that Xi Jinping will seek a position of advantage while Russia continues its unprovoked, deliberate and horrific aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine,” Sherman said. Told.
“Xi Jinping has always talked about sovereignty and territorial integrity, whether it’s Hong Kong, Tibet or Taiwan, which doesn’t match the principles he wants for his own views,” she said.