United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on April 11 that the U.S. is concerned about the Chinese government’s “increasingly aggressive actions” against Taiwan.
“What we’ve seen, and what is of real concern to us, is increasingly aggressive actions by the government in Beijing directed at Taiwan, raising tensions in the Straits,” Blinken said in an interview with NBC News.
Blinken said that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden stands by its commitments to ensure Taiwan can defend itself and to maintain peace and security in the region.
“We have a commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act, a bipartisan commitment that’s existed for many, many years, to make sure that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself and to make sure that we’re sustaining peace and security in the Western Pacific,” Blinken said.
Blinken declined to comment when asked if the U.S. will take military action against China if it tries to make a move on Taiwan.
“All I can tell you is it would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change the existing status quo by force,” Blinken said.
Taiwan has reported that Chinese air force has repeatedly conducted missions near the island, which China claims as its territory.
Last April 9, the State department issued new guidelines that make it easier for U.S. officials to meet with Taiwanese officials, strengthening the relations between the two countries.
“These new guidelines liberalize guidance on contacts with Taiwan, consistent with our unofficial relations,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
Price also stated that the guidelines followed a congressionally mandated review and that it would “provide clarity throughout the Executive Branch on effective implementation of our ‘one China’ policy.”
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