Blinken Says US Committed to One China Policy

On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the Biden administration’s position on China and Taiwan, following President Biden’s announcement earlier in the week that he would use military force to defend Taiwan against China, Fox News informed.

Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, expressed “strong displeasure and firm resistance” to Biden’s remarks, which the Biden administration has since attempted to retract.

Blinken resumed this trend on Thursday when he addressed at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

The secretary of state stated that their strategy has remained consistent over decades and governments and that their policy has not changed, as the president stated.

The Taiwan Relations Act, the three joint communiques, and the six assurances continue to drive the United States’ One China policy.

Any unilateral alterations towards the status quo from any side are unacceptable to the US, he added.

The “One China policy” alludes to the United States’ acceptance of the People’s Republic of China as China’s sole legal government, but it only recognizes Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is a part of China without backing it.

A reporter questioned Biden the day after his remark if he’s still considering military intervention.

According to Reuters, the president stated that he was not and that the US policy of “strategic ambiguity” on the state of Taiwan has not been altered at all.

On Thursday, Blinken went even further, devoting a chunk of his address to the administration’s Taiwan policy.

Blinken stated that they do not support Taiwanese independence, and that they expect cross-strait disagreements to be settled peacefully.

Blinken stated that the US will strive to enhance their cooperation with Taiwan on many common interests and values, as well as strengthen the economic relations consistent with their One China policy.

At the same time, the Secretary of State recognized Beijing’s isolation of Taiwan from other nations and international institutions.

He called it “highly unsettling” and warned that it could jeopardize the peace and the stability of the Taiwan Strait.

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