US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken explained to his Chinese counterpart that maintaining peace and stability in Taiwan is vital.
A senior US administration official told reporters after Blinken’s talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that Taiwan was the focus of the meeting.
“For our part, the minister made it clear that according to our long-standing one-China policy, which again has not changed, maintaining peace and stability in the straits is absolutely, vitally important,” the official said.
Tensions over Taiwan have flared following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US President Joe Biden’s express commitment to defend the self-ruled island.
The State Department earlier said Blinken’s meeting with Wang was part of Washington’s ongoing efforts to “maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage competition.”
In a speech at the Asia Society think tank in New York on Thursday, Wang said the Taiwan issue is developing into the biggest China-U.S. risk.
“If it goes wrong, it is very likely to destroy our bilateral ties,” Wang said, according to the Chinese embassy in Washington.