The US has plans for Southeast Asia, which puts them on the path of confrontation with Beijing. This was what Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, told Antony Blinken via phone on Tuesday. He was referring to Washington’s recently updated Indo-Pacific Strategy.
China was identified in the document as a grave threat. “challenge”US policy in the area and charged Beijing with it “coercion and aggression”This “spans the globe, but it is most acute in the Indo-Pacific.”
Wang said to Blinken that Wang was sending the wrong message by referring to the document. “containment of China”Washington considered this a priority. Both superpowers compete in different areas, and they cannot let competition define their relationships, the minister stated. He warned that American officials seeking to escalate China’s rivalry would be met with a resounding defeat. “full-scale confrontation.”
Wang said that Beijing wants to establish a partnership with the US on the basis of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win collaboration, just like with other nations. According to the minister, Taiwan’s increasingly hostile approach by the US is a concern for the Chinese government.
Taiwan is the claim of the Chinese rightful successor to statehood. It was the last bastion of the nationalist forces that were defeated in the Chinese civil conflict. China views the island as under its control.
US Strategy pledged support “Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities, to ensure an environment in which Taiwan’s future is determined peacefully in accordance with the wishes and best interests of Taiwan’s people.”This is in line with the One China policy which recognises Beijing’s government as the only representative of the Chinese people.
Beijing announced on Monday that it will impose sanctions against US defense contractors, including Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin, which manufacture weapons set to be sold to Taiwan with Washington’s approval. The move was made in response to an upcoming $100 million arms agreement, which was announced earlier this month.
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