China moves away from peaceful resolution for Taiwan, says US Secretary of State

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The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the China of taking “irresponsible measures” on Saturday after the country cut off main channels of communication with the United States, and said its actions in Taiwan showed a willingness to use force rather than a peaceful resolution.

The remarks were made as Chinese aircraft and warships practiced an air strike simulation exercise. Taiwan island officials said, part of a series of measures taken by Beijing following a visit by the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this week.

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China’s retaliation by halting bilateral processes in eight key areas, including defense, narcotics, transnational crimes and climate change, are measures that would punish the world, not just the United States chided Blinken during a press conference in the Philippines .

“This includes a number of military channels that are vital in preventing miscommunications and averting crises,” he said.

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“Suspending climate cooperation does not punish the United States, it punishes the world, particularly the developing world. We must not hold cooperation on matters of global concern hostage because of the differences between our two countries.”

the fight against climate changes has been a key area of ​​cooperation between the two superpowers, which are the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases.

Blinken said the United States has heard concerns from allies about what he called China’s dangerous and destabilizing actions around Taiwan, but that Washington will remain steadfast in its handling of the situation.

He stressed that he conveyed to China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a regional meeting in Cambodia that the United States was determined to keep communication channels running to avoid miscalculations, as countries around the world had hoped.

“Let me be clear, the United States does not believe it is in the interest of Taiwan, the region or our own national security to escalate the situation,” he said.

“We will keep our channels of communication with China open, with the intention of avoiding an escalation due to misunderstandings or miscommunication.”

He added that “maintaining dialogue is arguably even more important when we are in a period of heightened tensions… We seek to defuse those tensions. And we think dialogue is a very important element of that.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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