China’s check-in ahead of summit, U.S. “must oppose Taiwan independence”


In a phone call between foreign ministers held ahead of the U.S.-China video summit on the 16th, China threw a sharp check against the U.S. over the Taiwan issue.

“Taiwan independence is the biggest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor, said in a phone call with US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln.

“History and reality prove that all acts of encouragement and support for Taiwan’s independence forces will destroy the peace in the Taiwan Strait and ultimately lead to self-sufficiency,” he warned the US.

“If the United States truly wants peace in the Taiwan Strait, it must clearly and resolutely oppose any act of Taiwan independence,” he said.

“The world is paying close attention to this video summit between the US and China,” Blincoln said.

“The United States looks forward to sharing views on bilateral relations with China in the spirit of mutual respect at the summit, and together sending a strong signal to the world,” Blincoln added.

During the call, the two sides exchanged views on energy security, climate change and Iran’s nuclear issue, and agreed to continue the dialogue to respond to various global challenges, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

China’s Foreign Ministry introduced a list of agendas discussed during the call between the two ministers, but did not discuss issues on the Korean Peninsula, including North Korea’s nuclear program.

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