Blinken: US Does Not Support Taiwan Independence

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that the US would not support Taiwan’s independence despite Beijing’s growing coercion.

Blinken said that the US would oppose any “unilateral changes to the status quo from either side” and continue upholding the “one China” policy to ensure security across the Taiwan Strait. 

During his recent visit to Asia, President Joe Biden said Monday that the US would intervene and defend Taiwan if China used force to take control of the country. He added that China has no jurisdiction to take Taiwan by force.

“They’re [China] already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers that are undertaken,” Biden said.

Blinken also accused China of coercing Taiwan, saying Beijing has been blocking Taiwan from joining international communities. In 1971, Taiwan was expelled from the United Nations, and since then, the country has not been able to restore ins membership in the organization.

Wang Wenbin, the spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, strongly opposed Biden’s comment and insisted that Taiwan is part of China’s territory. Wang also warned the US not to send any “wrong signal” about Taiwan’s independence to avoid threatening security in the Taiwan Strait.

Blinken said that the US would continue its commitment to cooperate with Taiwan and maintain diplomacy with Beijing.

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