Shortly before the video summit between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the United States warned Beijing of increasing pressure on Taiwan. In an interview with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Anthony Blinkan said on Saturday (local time) that he “expressed concern about the continued military, diplomatic and economic pressure from the People’s Republic of China on Taiwan.”
The State Department said Blinken and Wang spoke Friday in preparation for a video summit on Monday. The US envoy called on Beijing to engage in a constructive dialogue to resolve the Taiwan issue “peacefully and in accordance with the wishes and interests of the Taiwanese people.”
Tensions between the world’s two largest economies, especially Taiwan, have risen significantly recently. The government in Beijing sees the island as a separate province and, if necessary, should be reunited with the mainland by military force. The United States recently staged a protest against the government in Taipei.
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