China Warns US Not to Support Taiwan Independence

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) — Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken “not to send false signals” to Taiwanese pro-independence forces, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Saturday.

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Both men talked about the virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden next Tuesday morning, Asian time.

Cross-strait tensions have been rising in recent months as Taiwan complained of repeated missions of a year or more near the self-governing island that China’s air force claims belongs to Beijing.

Separately, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said on Saturday that it would be “mindless” for Australia not to join the United States if Washington took action to defend Taiwan.

Blinken on Wednesday said the United States and its allies would take ambiguous “action” if China used force to change the status quo over Taiwan.

“If the US chose to take this action, it would be inconceivable that we would not support the US in an action,” Dutton said in an interview with the Australian newspaper.

“And again, I think we have to be very open and honest about it, looking at all the facts and circumstances without prior commitment, and maybe there are situations where we won’t take that option, (but I can) don’t think about those situations.”

Meanwhile, Japan’s new foreign minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, said on Saturday that Blinken had assured him in a phone call that the US commitment to defend Japan, including the southern islets claimed by China, is unwavering. .

Japan’s ties with China have been plagued by a territorial dispute over a group of Japanese-administered islands in the East China Sea called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, as well as the legacy of Japan’s past military aggression.

“Secretary Blinken stated that the United States’ commitment to defending Japan remains unwavering, including the implementation of Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty for the Senkaku islands,” Hayashi told reporters.

Article 5 of the treaty states that each party recognizes that an armed attack on areas under Japan’s administration would be dangerous to Japan’s peace and security and will take action to meet the common danger.

Hayashi said he and Blinken share the view that peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait is important.