The US secretary of state said China has put pressure on Taiwan, including the ability to “use force” to achieve its goals.
China has changed a longstanding understanding between Washington and Beijing on dealing with issues concerning the status of Taiwan and now hold the ability to use forceUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
Blinken said Wednesday at an event hosted by Bloomberg News that China has made decisions about putting more pressure on Taiwan, including the possibility of “using force to achieve its goals.” “.
Blinken says the status quo spans four decades – during which the US recognizes Beijing under the One China policy and also supply Taiwan with weapons for defense – has “helped to ensure that there is no conflict between the United States and China over Taiwan”.
“What has changed is this – a decision by the Beijing government that the status quo is no longer acceptable, that they want to accelerate the pursuit of unification,” Blinken said.
“That’s what has fundamentally changed.”
Washington does not want a “Cold War” and does not try to contain China, he said, but the US will resolutely defend its interests.
Any disruption to Taiwan and its economy – now a dominant global power in advanced semiconductor manufacturing important for cars, home appliances and consumer electronics – should be a worldwide concern, he added.
“If that were to be disrupted for any reason, it would have dramatically profound consequences for the global economy.”
Blinken’s comments come after Chinese President Xi Jinping secured a historic third term at last week’s five-year congress of the ruling Communist Party of China. They also came amid Beijing’s announcement that they would not give up right to use force to unify Taiwan with the mainland China, though they will work for a peaceful resolution.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said earlier on Wednesday that he expected Chinese officials under Xi to make more efforts to pick out Taipei’s eventual allies.
“It is conceivable that our diplomatic situation will get worse,” said Wu.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has repeatedly accused China of using House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August as a pretext to step up military exercises around the island that Beijing claims. claimed as its own territory.
On Wednesday, Biden told a meeting of his top military advisers that the US does not seek conflict with China and that the Chinese president knows this.
The meeting comes after Biden released his national security strategy earlier this month, which called for “competing with China” and thwarting the country’s efforts to reshape global affairs.