Chinese provocations ‘destabilize’ US says – Taipei Times

THREAT TO PEACE:
Washington plans to “responsibly” manage its relationship with Beijing to maintain stability in the Taiwan Strait, US Secretary of State Blinken has said.

China’s increasingly provocative rhetoric and actions against Taiwan are “deeply destabilizing”, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday during a key speech on China policy.

“Beijing is engaged in increasingly provocative rhetoric and activity, such as the theft of PLA [Chinese People’s Liberation Army] planes near Taiwan almost daily,” Blinken said in the 45-minute speech at George Washington University in Washington, during which he outlined the US administration’s China policy.

“These words and actions are deeply destabilizing” and “risk being miscalculated and threatening the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

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Blinken said the United States would manage its relationship with China “responsibly” to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, which he said is “a matter of international concern” and “critical to the regional and global security and prosperity”.

However, Blinken said US policy on Taiwan has not changed.

The United States “remains committed to our ‘one China’ policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three joint statements [and] the six assurances,” he said.

“We oppose any unilateral change to the status quo on either side. We do not support Taiwanese independence and expect cross-Strait differences to be resolved through peaceful means,” he added.

Blinken said the United States would continue to uphold its commitment to help Taiwan maintain sufficient self-defense capability in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act, which has served as the foundation of Taiwan-US relations ever since. 1979.

The United States would also “maintain our ability to resist any use of force or other forms of coercion that jeopardize Taiwan’s security or social or economic system,” he said.

Blinken also said the United States would continue to expand cooperation with Taiwan on many shared interests and values.

This includes deepening bilateral economic ties and supporting Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the international community, he said.

Yesterday in Taipei, Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told reporters that China was changing the “status quo” and using “inappropriate force” in carrying out military sorties near Taiwan.

Su thanked Blinken for expressing concern over China’s military maneuvers and pledged that Taiwan would defend itself and work with other countries to contribute to peace and stability in the region.

The Democratic Progressive Party also thanked Blinken yesterday for reiterating US commitments to Taiwan’s security and international involvement.

From Blinken’s speech, it is obvious that the United States is very concerned about China’s repression of Taiwan in many areas, said party spokeswoman Hsieh Pei-fen (謝佩芬).

Deputy director general of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Culture and Communications Committee Lin Chia-hsing (林家興) said Blinken’s comments were in line with the KMT’s long-standing positions on upholding the Constitution. , maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and opposing Taiwanese independence.

In the South China Morning Post Prior to Blinken’s speech on Thursday, China’s Ambassador to the United States’ Qin Gang (秦剛) wrote an op-ed titled “The One-China Principle Is the Foundation of Peace in the Taiwan Strait.”

“This bedrock, however, is in jeopardy like never before,” he wrote, accusing Taipei and Washington of having “emptied” the “one China” policy, while Beijing “does its best for peaceful reunification”.

Ting Shu-fan (丁樹範), professor emeritus at National Chengchi University, said Blinken only reiterated the current position of the United States saying that the nation will try to improve relations with Taiwan in accordance with its “one China” policy.

Blinken’s remarks came as no surprise, nor did they contain the more assertive language used by US President Joe Biden, Ting said, referring to the president’s comments in Tokyo on Monday suggesting the US would intervene militarily if China were to attack Taiwan.

Additional reporting by Hsieh Chun-lin and Shih Hsiao-kuang

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